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751 Ratings


France, Belgium, 2009
Drama, Horror


Ana is confronted to body and desire at three key moments of her life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies, becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming.

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Amer Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Critics reviews

Looking is never merely instrumental in Amer. It is always soaked through with anxiety and desire, and this is the result of accumulated tension, the moment of vision acting like the firing of a gun, pressure having been built up from all of the previous moments when vision and desire had been thwarted or deranged.
June 27, 2018
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In the films of giallo masters Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento and Mario Bava, the murders were heated with sexual frenzy and out-of-control desire. In their first collaboration, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani draw on these influences to create a tryptic study on the textures, movements, and sounds of giallo. Their command of atmosphere is so strong that they barely need to rely on plotting to get under viewers’ skins.
October 29, 2015
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Amer is all dazzling all the time, which can occasionally lead to viewer exhaustion… but more often carries you along on a treacherous current of undiluted abstraction… By distilling the genre to its essence, Cattet and Forzani (who also directed far and away the best short—“O Is For Orgasm”—inThe ABCs Of Death) essentially act as critics themselves, dissecting giallo to see what makes it tick. Or twitch, as the case may be.
June 14, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film Amer

    I thought I was going to love this film. Well, I love the cinematography but this nightmare could have been great...but it's not. I see distress, I see anxiety, I see perversion, I see innocence, I see feminity, I see desire, but can't see the real essence of this film.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Amer

    Cattet and Forzani's debut feature is a stylish and precise homage to the giallo film that is far more about atmosphere and genre authenticity than story. Employing impressive use of colour, shadow and editing techniques this film foretell the dedication to craft they would show in their two subsequent features since. Very impressive.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Amer

    Right from the start the duo Cattet/Forzani tells us what their movie will be about by using as musical score of 'Amer' the soundtracks of half a dozen Italian B-movies of the early 70's. 'Amer' is about Giallo and its codes: Blood, Erotism and Dreams. This film delivers all what Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi and so many others only dreamt to do. 'Amer' is The Giallo, in a Platonic sense. Highly recommended.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Amer

    More a partly experimental study in symbolim and different stylistic features - some of them typical for Giallo films - than a narrative movie. Taken this into account, "Amer" is very good, especially if you consider the work with light, shadow and perspective. And the use of sound - sometimes like putting it under an acoustic microscope - is fascinating.

  • Juan Barquin's rating of the film Amer

    For a film oozing with as much stylistic sexuality as Amer, I thought I'd love it, but it's a little too aimless in its surrealism for its own good. It relies way too heavily on its aesthetic and this immense longing to be like its influences. Nevertheless some cool editing makes it more interesting than not, but it does drag at times and would benefit from some semblance of a narrative to guide it along comfortably.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Amer

    Riveting experimental film emulates the style and atmosphere of the classic giallo films, helped along by choice sampling from the scores of Ennio Morricone and Stelvio Cipriani. Virtually plotless, but the precision camerawork and razor-sharp editing are masterful. Not for everyone, but I found it a remarkable piece of work.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Amer

    Take any one of these three vignettes and they most likely could have stood on their own as short films. String them together and you get an almost intolerable feature, told entirely through extreme close-ups: close-ups of eyes, of lips, of breasts, of crotches. There is almost no dialogue or music, and what music is here is recycled from older giallos. An homage to Mario Bava that plays out like a student film.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Amer

    Experimental, visually dense story about a girl growing up and exploring her sexuality. Most likely an exploration of the murky areas between the violence of male sexuality and the degree of submission within female sexuality. Visually ambitious but not that great, a whole lot of heavy breathing, shadowy figures and a corpse. 1.5 stars

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