When I first saw this, I liked it a lot. Then, as I became tired of the announcements of the umpteenth new neo-giallo student film, I fell out of love with Amer. Now, after attending Cattet & Forzani's retrospectives at MIFF2018, I remembered why I loved Amer (read: my Strange Color review). 1st act is a great little Gothic horror. 2nd act is the weakest. 3rd act is an implicitly fetishistic psychosexual thriller.
I really wanted to love this film. The first 20 minutes I thought I was watching a masterful come back to the giallo genre. So stylish and such a beautiful cinematography. Soon this style and beauty become something else, something excruciating and annoying. I swear if I see another close up of eyes I scream. It's a self indulgent exercise, it would have worked incredibly well as a short film.
Todas as cores. Todos os cortes. Todas as referências. Tudo muito bom, muito bonito, mas precisava ser tudo? "Amer" peca pelo excesso, mas tem um cuidado com fotografia, montagem, trilha sonora, direção de arte e som que talvez só tenham par nos outros filmes da dupla, também um tanto excessivos.
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.