Title: Amer

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Year: 2009

Genre: Giallo / Mystery / Horror

Language: French

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

Writer: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1426352/

Ana's life has been built up of three major events, all of them offering sensuality and terror. What's chasing her in the big old house she used to live in? What turns her on about the fear of not knowing what the motorcycle gang will do to her? And why does she return to the house of terror?

Our thoughts:
"Amer" has been the center of attention to giallo fans for a while and it peaked my interest, even though I've never considered myself to be a big fan of the giallo movies. They're certainly not bad movies, it's just not a fascination for me. That said, I knew what I was going into with this one - a modern take on the giallo. And at times I think that's exactly what I got, but there was just a weird sense of it not being a complete movie.
The story takes part during three events in our lead character, Ana's, life. The first one really set a mood when she's chased around the house by someone or something. The second one is far from giallo and horror. This time Ana is a teenager and she has her first meeting with her sexuality. Until her mother gets angry at her. Then in the third one she's an adult and returns to the house again. The reason the movie didn't feel complete is just because the three "segments" feel disjointed. I can see how there is a red line with sexuality through the movie, and the first and last parts connect, but there was never a real story told I think. I just couldn't care less about anything else than the look of the movie.

It's definitely a beautiful movie that takes it from Dario Argento. At times it's a real feast for the eyes, at other times it's just a bit too much. But a definitely plus for the film, that's for sure. This is another time where the second part doesn't fit in though. Instead of playing around with all the colors of the rainbow, while keeping much in complete darkness, this part of the movie is on a beach out in the sun. Too big of a contrast between the three parts.

One thing this movie definitely deserves praise for though is the kill towards the end. It's just a fantastic slicing scene that without a doubt takes it from the giallo subgenre. Slow, violent, graphic and sensual. It was a great scene that kept me smiling through-out. But was it enough to make a so-so movie great?

Not really. The hype for this movie is pretty crazy, but maybe I am missing something. I wouldn't say this is a throw-back but it does keep some very important aspects of a giallo. Other than that it's just a bland stylistic European horror/thriller that some people will enjoy plenty, and some won't care about at all. There's some attempt at being clever but it's nothing we haven't seen before. It's up to you if you care enough to check it out.

Positive things:
- Sometimes it manages to act like a throwback to giallo.
- Stylistic at times.
- Great, great, great kill at the end.
Negative things:
- Just not a very good movie.
- Lacks a story of interest.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 1.5/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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