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Amer [Blu-ray]

Cassandra Forêt , Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud , Hélène Cattet , Bruno Forzani    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Bianca Maria D'Amato, Harry Cleven
  • Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004A95U0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,515 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and coloured fantasie's becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming. The wind lifts her dress and caresses her thighs. A razor blade brushes her skin, where will this chaotic and carnivorous journey leave her?

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Teaser(s), Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The film was chalked up by many as an homage to the gory European gialli of the 1960s and 1970s, but it's also influenced heavily by the narratively cryptic surrealism of directors such as David Lynch. Directors Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet undertake an episodic approach by dividing the material into three thematically linked segments. In the first, a young girl is at home as her grandfather dies and her grandmother begins performing a series of bizarre rituals designed to either bring him back to life or ease his passage to the next world; as this is happening, the girl becomes aware that her parents are making love elsewhere in the house. Years later, a teenage girl goes into town with her mother to run some errands, comes face to face with the power of her sexuality, and learns how she can use her allure to change the behaviour of men. In the final segment, an adult woman returns to the house where she grew up, which has fallen into disrepair ...Amer (2009) ( Amargo ) ( Sofrido ) (Blu-Ray)

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing but not for all tastes. 5 Nov 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Amer follows three stages in a young womans life. The first third as a little girl haunted by the strange old woman living at her house (either a relative or housekeeper) and is reminiscent of argento classics inferno and suspiria in terms of the hallucinatory atmosphere. In the second act we see Amer as a nubile young teenage girl, attracting the attention of the local men in a sequence that plays a lot like european classics such as Valerie and her week of wonders, while the third act follows the now paranoid and sexually demented Amer alone in her decaying family home stalked by a would-be rapist and a black gloved starnger with a straight razor, in sequeces clearly influenced by classic giallo (the soundtacks to which amer uses throughout to great effect)
I caught this film at the Grim up north film festival and loved it, but its worth pointing out it managed to divide the audience nearly in two. Theres no real PLOT to amer, its more a hallucinatory surrealistic psychological character study of a young womans breakdown made by someone clearly a fan of euro-horror. The lack of any strong narrative perhaps alienated the audience somewhat and Amer is certainly one to approach with caution but as a euro horror fan I loved it and will certainly be buying it about the best comparisons I can think of for this film are footprints Footprints [DVD] [1974] Baba Yaga [1973] [DVD] Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Remastered edition) [1970] [DVD] and perhaps suspiria Suspiria [1976] 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Blu-ray
Whilst Amer has been compared to the giallo genre, the surrealist imagery and sexual undercurrents struck me as far more Lynchian in their execution. In terms of look and feel, there is more of Eraserhead or Twin Peaks in Amer than anything from the Argento canon.

Amer runs for a shade over 90 minutes, but with several scenes played out in painfully slow real time and with a fragmented and confusing narrative, it comes perilously close to overstaying its welcome.

Visually, Amer is certainly very striking though and the soundtrack is memorable. The violence, when it comes, is convincingly nasty and you'll probably spot a hefty hat-tip to Un Chien d'Andalou.

If art-house surrealism, with a dash of torture-porn thrown in, floats your boat, then Amer certainly ticks all the boxes. If, however, as the blurb suggested you thought you were about to watch something akin to Profondo Rosso or The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, then you may well feel short-changed by this, initially fascinating, occasionally intriguing, but ultimately frustrating movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealism 17 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Like others I watched this because I heard that it was inspired by giallo films. Indeed it does bear many of the hallmarks of gialli, including the soundtrack, visual elements and lighting - and these are not subliminal but up-front, so it was obviously the film-makers' intention for "Amer" to be in part a tribute to the genre - however as a film in itself it is quite clearly not a giallo, being located somewhere between surrealism and voyeurism.

There is very little plot in the film; it consists of three vignettes from a girl's (latterly a woman's) life, and she is menaced by her surroundings in all of them. The pace is lingering and the dialogue minimal, for the real attraction of "Amer" is in its stunning camerawork and the exquisitely detailed scenes that the camera examines with its leisurely eye.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT... BUT IT IS NOT A GIALLO 2 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I'm an avid collector of giallos and was looking forward to this movie with great anticipation. It seemed like those who reviewed it from film festival screenings were hailing it as an 'authentic' giallo that was a flawless return to that particular style of movie making.
Well, AMER is a very difficult movie to critique properly because it is actually a unique 'movie' which doesn't adhere to a coherent narrative. While it is beautiful to look at there is no way to know exactly what is going on. It's much more 'David Lynch' than 'Dario Argento'. While it's certainly steeped in the stylistic flourishes of 70s giallos it's more like 'giallo fantasia' than a giallo proper; a flashy cinematic love letter to the stylistic staples of the genre, without the engaging mystery. There is very little dialog whatsoever. There is also only one really violent murder in the movie and it happens to a man (were the filmmakers afraid to glamorously depict the giallo's trademark misogyny?)
While the opening scenes are compelling (heavily emphasized in the trailers), the rest of the movie unfortunately is not as consistent or engaging and the finale is sorely lacking. Another crucial element of giallos is the music. With the exception of the main theme song most of AMER's soundtrack is comprised of tracks directly lifted from the soundtracks several 70s giallos! Some giallo purists will no doubt find this unforgivable.
Overall AMER is a beautiful collection of images which is unfortunately hampered by a constantly profound approach to ANYTHING & EVERYTHING! Even the most mundane things are emphasized with menacing close-ups (forearm hairs, ears, etc).
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2.0 out of 5 stars All style and no substance
***CONTAINS SOME MINOR SPOILERS***

This is a very odd art movie. I knew going in that there would be no story worth speaking about, and that it was split into three... Read more
Published 6 months ago by BS on parade
2.0 out of 5 stars Hipster horror?
This is without question an artful production, which in some ways is what makes it so infuriating. A slavish tribute to fashionable cult genre filmmaking, it is a definitive... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Prelati
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing
This is like looking in on one of Dario Argento's nightmares. Visually amazing and not in a way that recycles the work of any other film-maker. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Kieron
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware,..RENT BEFORE YOU BUY
Ok, im a fan of all horror, ..classic Universal, some even older Silents, Hammer, Slashers, Giallo, J-Horrors etc., i was so let down by this movie,.. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Johnathan Beasley
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychopathia Sexualis
Listing the many plus points of this will never convince viewers who are not fond of abstract forms, even if they are deftly woven into a girl's sensory narrative. Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Zaroff
5.0 out of 5 stars Black gloves, knives and staring eyes
Cinema's rich and varied history often provides inspiration for contemporary filmmakers. A few offer a new take on particular genres that add to and enhance what has gone before. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Room For A View
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting the first 15 minutes, the rest, a real disappointment
I really don't understand to the directors of Amer. The first 15-20 are very interesting, disturbing, with mistery, music and colours like in a Bava or Argento's giallo, and an... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Fleischman
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of art. Good blu-ray presentation.
AMER [2009]

Film: I can only agree with the first two reviewers. This piece of art is worth to be watched even more than once. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of recent years
I saw this movie at the London Fright Fest back in August. Whilst it's certainly a film that should be seen in the cinema fist if you can, it's appearance on Blu-ray is more than... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Linus
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