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Amer (2009)

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cassandra Forêt Cassandra Forêt ... Ana enfant
Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud ... Ana adolescente (as Charlotte Eugène Guibbaud)
Marie Bos ... Ana adulte
Biancamaria D'Amato ... La mère (as Bianca Maria D'Amato)
Harry Cleven Harry Cleven ... Le taximan
Jean-Michel Vovk Jean-Michel Vovk ... Le père
Bernard Marbaix Bernard Marbaix ... La grand-père mort
Thomas Bonzani Thomas Bonzani ... Nono, l'adolescent
François Cognard François Cognard ... La silhouette
Delphine Brual Delphine Brual ... Graziella
Jean Secq Jean Secq ... L'épicier
Béatrice Butler Béatrice Butler ... L'épicière
Charles Forzani Charles Forzani ... L'agriculteur / L'homme à la voiture rouge
Benjamin Guyot Benjamin Guyot ... Éboueur
Yves Fostier Yves Fostier ... Ëboueur
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Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming. The wind lifts her dress and caresses her thighs. A razor blade brushes her skin, where will this chaotic and carnivorous journey leave her? Written by Coach14

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 2010 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot on 16mm film and then blown up to 35mm to recreate the grainy effect of 1970s exploitation movies. See more »

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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Un uomo si è dimesso
Written by Ennio Morricone
Published by C.A.M. Srl
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Pointless experimental ego-trip
20 March 2010 | by SkjlowSee all my reviews

The Belgian premiere in Brussels. The directors acknowledge the fact: Amer is a "trip" as they say. Actually a pointless experimental ego-trip. You can dance on your head or hide yourself behind the few selections the film had in festivals along the year you won't make me believe now that Amer is a good movie. Helen Cattet and Bruno Forzani, the directors, play a very easy game here: they avoid to direct actors (they are all like wax mask scattered with screams from times to times), they avoid dialogs, they avoid any narrative, they avoid the most elementary editing syntax by pouring jump-cuts all over the place (and please don't call it "style" it is not subtle enough for that). They conveniently justify the experiment behind the banner of the Italian genre Giallo but it is far from a Giallo. Amer is at best a collage of cliché inspired by Giallo. But in fact it's just a very unconvincing device which fails to hide the weakness of the direction.

Amer is typically the kind of film which also attempts to avoid critics by standing behind the ever heard: "You just hate the film because you don't understand it." Sure, give me that. A bit too easy. Oh, by the way, I did notice the portrait of Freund in the staircase and the numerous film citations but it takes a little more to make your film an intelligent work.

If one look back to the previous short films of the duo it won't take long to realize that their films didn't evolve much in ten years, And actually Amer is closer to a bad student short film which would have been stretched out into a feature length film. And this is the most painful part of the "trip": as long as it doesn't cost much money the experiment is fine. That's what short films are made for. It's a laboratory. But when it reaches the scale of a feature film it becomes very inappropriate, even shameful, especially those days of economical turbulence. Amer is a nearly 1 million Euros experiment partly based on state funds. "A tight budget" complain the two spoiled children in an interview. But I'm sorry this is serious matter, this is public money. You can't waste it the way Amer does it to the face of the audience. Much higher and better things could have been achieved with that money: a film for instance.


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