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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.

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Barbet Schroeder

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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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Storyline

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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Weird and Slow
29 October 2017 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

I don't get it. A beautiful German or Swiss woman moves to the Spanish island of Ibiza for 50 years, because she is ashamed of being German. But how does she pay her bills, and why is there no man in her life, or children? What has she been doing for 50 years? Just watering her plants, shopping for tomatoes, and brooding about her nationality? Well, Marthe Keller is certainly one of the most attractive 70 year olds you will see. She does a nice job of conveying pain, as do the other actors. But I'm sorry. You have to explain more.

The dialogue between her and the boy's mother is excellent. The mother points out the futility of a life lived in protest, when she was never guilty of anything to begin with. The self-righteousness of it.

But we need more of a back story. It took half the picture just to hear the back story that we did get. And that was not even close to enough.

Also, how could the German characters not recognize her German accent? Hee hee. They were so shocked to find out that she was German.

It's a thoughtful film, well acted, and well photographed. But I don't recommend it. Too slow and too cryptic.


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