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Amer (2009)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 3 March 2010 (France)
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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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amer See more »

Filming Locations:

Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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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 What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974) See more »

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Furore
Written by Adriano Celentano, Ezio Leoni, Piero Vivarelli
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Much more than just a homage to the Giallo film
28 February 2010 | by Boris_DaySee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see Amer at the Glasgow Film Festival yesterday.

I have to admit that from the publicity I expected a straightforward homage to the 70s horror films and thrillers by Dario Argento, but what I got was both much more challenging and interesting than a mere genre exercise or homage.

Amer is just as indebted to surreal dream films like Meshes or the Afternoon, Un Chien Andalou, Lost Highway and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders as it is to 70s Italian Gialli. The thing that always intrigues me the most about 70s European exploitation cinema are the surreal imagery and the moments of avant-garde poetry that are nestled within the haphazard thriller plots. This distils 70s European Giallo and horror films to their avant-garde essence, disposing of clunky police procedurals, performances undone by poor dubbing and frequently questionable attitudes to sexuality and women and it puts the Giallo films frequently ravishing imagery and sound in service of a dream film about a woman's sexuality becoming twisted (amer = French for "bitter") over a lifetime by repression and thwarted desire. It gets the look, sound and atmosphere of those films absolutely spot on.

Despite Amer's almost non-narrative nature, this is a much more faithful and thoughtful homage to 70s Grindhouse films than the Tarantino/Rodriguez venture, which never really got the look right or got under the skin of its sources the way this film does. There are so many clever moments here. I particularly liked the heroine ageing a decade via an ant from Un Chien Andalou, a character who only appears as a silhouette and whose presence is always accompanied by the sound of crackling leather (in reference to the typical Giallo killers leather gloves) and the sheer joy generated by sudden bursts of vintage soundtracks by the likes of Stelvio Cipriani.


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