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Villa Amalia (2009)

Villa Amalia is the story of Ann, a musician, whose life is turned upside down by a kiss. When she sees Thomas kissing another woman, Ann makes a clean break, leaving him and everything ... See full summary »

Director:

Benoît Jacquot

Writers:

Benoît Jacquot (scenario), Julien Boivent (collaboration) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Ann
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Georges
Xavier Beauvois ... Thomas
Maya Sansa ... Giulia
Viviana Aliberti Viviana Aliberti ... Veri
Michelle Marquais Michelle Marquais ... La mère d'Ann
Peter Arens Peter Arens ... Le père d'Ann
Ignazio Oliva Ignazio Oliva ... Carlo
Jean-Pierre Gos ... L'agent immobilier
Jean Coulon Jean Coulon ... L'organisateur des concerts
Jean-Michel Portal Jean-Michel Portal ... L'acheteur des pianos
Clara Bindi Clara Bindi ... Marion
Maurice Bernart Maurice Bernart
Massato Massato
Florence d'Azémar Florence d'Azémar
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Villa Amalia is the story of Ann, a musician, whose life is turned upside down by a kiss. When she sees Thomas kissing another woman, Ann makes a clean break, leaving him and everything else far behind her. Suddenly unsure of everything that seemed so certain, Ann knows only that she must change her life and become someone else to find herself. With her music and the friendship of Georges, who pops out of her distant past, she sets off on a journey that will take her to an island where the Villa Amalia stands. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

8 April 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nea zoi See more »

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| (European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This escape provides no escapism
27 December 2009 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to seeing this story of a woman escaping her former life and creating a new one as it sounded brilliant and filled with potential, especially with Isabelle Huppert playing the lead role of Ann.

Unfortunately, almost everything that could go wrong with the movie does. Let's start with the direction, which is self-indulgent and completely ineffective. There is some good cinematography here, but absolutely no purpose behind it. The use of music is inelegant, clashing with the scenes. We jump from one scene to the other with no sense of pacing or of a bigger picture, much like a bad artsy flick from the 70s.

Isabelle Huppert, usually a solid actress, barely attempts to instill any emotion and seems content to go through the motions. The worse performance I have seen of her. Every other actor that appears in Villa Amalia is even worse, with the exception of Jean-Hughes Anglade, who breathes some life to Georges. Alas, the script doesn't give much to work with and with such poor direction, even Anglade is forgettable.

The story absolutely goes nowhere, the dialogues appear more like rambling, even if we sense there is a point to it. Ann is replicating patterns of abandonment she herself suffered from her father, who felt the same need for detachment she now feels. But the screenplay is terribly inelegant when trying to drive that point.

The movie's ending is much like its beginning; messy and pointless


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