3.4 Sour by minute 50, I felt like I was in a cinematic clinic. But, for some reason, the taxi ride broke my freeze, and I embraced the maybe-it's-Maybelline ride. By the end, there was still something to be desired, but, I can't say that I've experienced anything quite like this: it's not Bava, Argento; nor is it simply an exercise in aesthetics; nor is it simply an homage. It's something else, and it's refreshing.
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.
To put it honestly and plainly, the directing duo of Cattet and Forzani direct the motherfucking shit out of Amer. That's also the problem. If the style of mainstream directors-- say Christopher Nolan or Michael Bay-- are often only for adrenal effect without care for artistry, Amer's very sexualized symbols and metaphors are quite synthetic in emotion. A film should have both. Amer is too arty for its own good.
My 2nd favourite film of all time; and the number one film you have not seen! The disturbing tale of one girl, from 3 different moments in her life. Ana as a child, she has a nightmare, the film is her psychedelic nightmare. Ana as a teenager, she is discovering sexuality and starts to resent her controlling mother. Ana as middle aged woman who is being stalked by someone or something. ALL LEADS, to a great twist!
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.
Il est très clair que ce duo de réalisateur a grandi avec Argento, et même les Gialli de manière générale. Un film qui se focalise sur le sensuel, gros plans et bruits infimes mis en valeur de manière très prononcée. Un premier essai très intéressant, mais qui tient plutôt de l'exercice de style, même si ça fait très plaisir de voir ça dans le paysage actuel du cinéma français. Curieux de voir leur prochain film.