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6.8
/10
774 Ratings

Amer

France, Belgium, 2009
Drama, Horror

Synopsis

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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