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.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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