Movie Review: Amer (2009) Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Belgian-French ‘Amer’ is a modern Giallo film – the peculiar thriller genre that enjoyed its heyday in 1970s Italy. Living up to the best of the genre’s key directors such as Mario Bava, Sergio Martino and, not least, Dario Argento, ‘Amer’ tells a visually intoxicating and almost wordless murder mystery in three acts as we follow the three stages of the life of the beautiful Ana. As a child she, just like the genre prescribes, experiences a traumatic link between sexuality and death. This link comes to haunt her later on in life, when she experiences the lecherous gazes of men as a form of violent assault. But the plot quickly recedes into the background and is replaced by a freaked out pictorial experiment (to put it mildly), a kind of medley on everything that is great about this genre. The film is directed by the couple Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, who have earned many accolades in the past at genre film festivals for their experimental shorts. With ‘Amer’, they have made one of the most picturesque and consistent genre films in a long time. The film is true to its role models, while it is just as much a jazzy improvisation and a great declaration of love to the Italian horror genre. That this film ought to be seen in the cinema goes without saying. This video was released at Cphpix Copenhagen Film Festival’s official website at: cphpix.dk Amer Belgium, 2009, 90 min. English subtitles Director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani Script: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Video Rating: 5 / 5

2 Responses to “Movie Review: Amer (2009) Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani”

  • tonymontana1974 says:

    You should its amazing i have a facebook page called “the good horror film guide” where i have a link to the film and other links and reviews to other great gailo films this film was influenced by.

  • MsBickle76 says:

    that is it. i’m convinced! i’m watching this…

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