Thursday, November 12, 2009


Showing at the Mar del Plata Film Festival: Amer, directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani

Synopsis from the film festival's website:

In Amer, the first images, sounds and voices seem to come from an Italian horror movie of the seventies. To be more precise (and encourage those who visit these sinister regions of the catalog and festival), they seem to come from a giallo, combination of suspense and horror, in which dark directors such as Mario Bava and Dario Argento excelled. But Amer takes a different path, and first-timers Cattet and Forzani cleverly avoid making a movie that is a mere homage or insider’s wink. The film is more than the updating of a genre by skillfully and knowledgeably quoting its forms; the directors´ intentions and achievements are greater. Unlike classic giallos, there is no mystery to unveil, or rather, there are so many mysteries that they seem abstract, pure cinematographic form portrayed through images –probably the most fantastic images of the festival-, sounds and music (including the justified appearance of Ennio Morricone). And through the mystery of a woman in three different moments of her life, real or imagined, lived or dreamt, or everything at the same time.

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