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Amnesia (2015)

Jo has come to Ibiza to be a DJ in the club Amnesia. He befriends a solitary woman who's trying to forget her past. As Jo draws her into techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writers:

Emilie Bickerton (screenplay), Peter F. Steinbach (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marthe Keller ... Martha Sagell
Max Riemelt ... Jo Gellert dit DJ Gello
Bruno Ganz ... Bruno - le grand-père de Jo
Corinna Kirchhoff ... Elfriede - la mère de Jo
Fermí Reixach ... Sabater
Marie Leuenberger ... Clarissa
Fèlix Pons Fèlix Pons ... Costa
Florentín Groll Florentín Groll ... Otto
Eva Barceló Eva Barceló ... Paquita
Lluís Altés Lluís Altés ... Petrov
Rick Zingale ... Le propriétaire du café / Café Owner
Kate Ashcroft Kate Ashcroft ... Mrs. Smith
Joel Rice Joel Rice ... Mr. Smith
Alfie Davies Mari Alfie Davies Mari ... Le fils de Jo
Fabian Krüger ... Alex (photo)
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Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak... As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question. Written by Festival de Cannes

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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French | German | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amnésia See more »

Filming Locations:

Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Barbet Schroeder used the same principal location in Amnesia (2015) and More (1969). The white house near Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza was built in 1935 and acquired by Schroeder's mother in 1951. See more »

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Germans standing in the long shadows of WW II
2 April 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Amnesia" (2015 release from France/Switzerland; 96 min.) brings the story of Martha, a woman in her 60s or so, and Jo, a guy in his 20s. As the movie opens, we see Martha enjoying the sunset somewhere on an island. We then go to "10 years earlier - Spring, 1990", shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall. Martha is speaking English to her German brother who is trying to convince her to sell something back in Germany. Later, Martha's new neighbor Jo stops by as he cuts his hand accidentally. Jo is a DJ from Berlin hoping to make it big on Ibiza. Martha doesn't disclose to him that she is German, and they converse in English. Martha also refuses to ride in his car (a VW). Along the way, Martha and Jo become good friends. At this point we're not even 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you';; just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from director Barbet Schroeder (Single White Female; Reversal of Fortune)> Here he tackles a very different topic, namely the long shadows of WW II onto ordinary Germans. The movie is paced very slowly, and it takes quite a while to find the movie's definitive direction, but once we get there, there is no escaping it. The acting by both leads (Marthe Keller as Martha, and Max Riemelt as Jo) really carry the movie. The movie's photography is pure eye-candy, and in a way the film can be viewed as a 90 min. commercial for Ibiza. And let's not forget Schroeder. He has been making films since 1969 (when he directed "More", yes, the film for which Pink Floyd did the soundtrack). The guy is now in his 70s and he is still going very strong. And why not!

"Amnesia" premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. I don't think that it ever got a US theatrical release, but thank goodness for the folks at Film Movement, which eventually released it as part of its Movie of the Month Club releases. That is how I eventually got to see it. If you are in the mood for a foreign talk (no action!) about the long shadows of WW II, I encourage you to check this out.


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