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Villa Amalia [DVD] (2009)


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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Xavier Beauvois, Maya Sansa, Clara Bindi
  • Directors: Benoît Jacquot
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ7PW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Isabelle Huppert headlines this sumptuous, passionate tale, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Pascal Quignard (All the Mornings of the World). Huppert stars as Ann, a gifted and brilliant musician whose sense of security falls to pieces when she witnesses her husband kissing another woman. Without hesitation, she abandons him and takes a headlong rush into the arms of a new beginning, embarking on a transnational journey that ultimately takes her to an isolated villa on the secluded island of Ischia, Italy. Once settled, Ann insists on goading herself to fresh extremes, and takes it upon herself to swim out as far into the ocean as possible. Fainting under the scorching summer rays, her floating body is pulled out of the water by local woman Giulia, with whom Ann begins to explore a whole new facet of life.

Extras:

  • Image Gallery
  • Interview with director
  • Benoit Jacquot

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Edwards on 27 Nov 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Practically nthing happens and less is said in this film. Still I found myself engrossed from beginning to end. This is a film told in pictures. Somepeople might call it art house and it might be, but I think its too accessible to be pigeon holed as such.Although it has a different style and many people would bedriven out of the room by its slow pace, if that doesn't put you off itis worth watching. am notsure if I will seeit again, but it was well worth watching and some of the scenes are qute beautiful.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Henry Fields on 13 Sep 2010
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i don't think Isabelle Huppert has put a foot wrong in her choice of films. Again she comes up trump; magnificent film, totally deserving of the 5 stars here. It's about a women who discovered her husband is having an affair, and in one swift moment decides to erase all trace of her current life, everything, and starts afresh in a new country; new life. One woman's journey into a new life and open to all possibilities, refusing to look back - powerful. It felt very cathartic. Can't recommend this enough ++++++
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A.S. on 4 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
VILLA AMALIA is the story of one woman, Ann (played to perfection by Isabelle Huppert), which has been adapted from a book by the same name . After she discovers her husband kissing another woman, she burns all forms of identification, gives up her profession as a concert pianist, and goes completely off the grid. At each destination she makes, she downgrades from suitcase to carryall to rucksack.

She finally ends up on a tiny island off the coast of Italy, and the cinematography alone should make you want to watch this film. It was breathtaking, with different shots of the bustling Paris, to the snow covered Alps, and finally the crystal azure oceanscapes. Ugh, seriously, I've never wanted to go anywhere more!

But the story is just as moving. Though at first it feels out of place that after just a kiss this woman would drop everything, you begin to realise she has a general dissatisfaction for her life and that this is the last straw. She reconnects with an old friend who she happens to pass by on the street, along with discovering new friends and rediscovering herself.

The film does a great job with its use of dialogue and what is said and not said, along with including some truly beautiful classical piano pieces as part of the soundtrack.

Definitely don't miss this one!!!!!
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Right, well where do I start?! This is the story of a woman who decides to erase her old life and start anew after catching her husband kissing another woman. The premise is promising but I personally found the focus all wrong,with the whole story being crammed into 90 minutes, an hour of which deals with her leaving her old life behind and a clumsy 30 minutes with the story trying to catch up on itself.
It is strangely riveting with the beautiful scenery and it's other saving grace seems to be unintentional humour. If you want a quick synopsis here it is.
First, woman spies husband kissing another woman, runs into an old friend who she initially doesn't recognise but after a quick catch up decides to leave all her money in his account so that she can create a new identity.
She up and sells everything, leaving the husband behind and swanning off to Italy, living in a villa on the coast where she swims a lot. One day she has a cramp, is saved by an Italian girl who asks her where she got her face and crawls into bed beside her, but it's OK because the bloke she's with she doesn't love any more and they're no longer sleeping together. (That's alright then)!
Her old friend Georges turns up (the bloke who has all her money in his account) and they attend her mother's funeral where the father that abandoned her turns up. She can't face him so she runs away from him through the gravestones and squats in the sand in a turmoil of emotions.
Where's the Italian woman? Oh, she went back to Italy...but it's OK because Ann our protagonist has had a talk with daddy and all is well. We're back off to Italy, minus hot Italian woman but that's fine because Ann now has a new life and she thinks she's happy. The End.
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