An eroticized homage to 1970s Italian giallo horror films… Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s pastiche tour-de-force plays out a delirious, enigmatic, almost wordless death-dance of fear and desire. Its three movements, each in a different style, correspond to the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of its female protagonist. Drawing its stylized, hyperbolic gestures from the playbooks of Bava, Leone, Argento and De Palma and taking them into a realm of near-abstraction. Amer has genre in the blood. Its bold widescreen composition, super-focused sound and emphatic music (lifted from original giallo soundtracks), and razor-sharp cuts make for an outrageous and intoxicating cinematic head-trip. Featuring music from composers Stelvio Cipriani, Bruno Nicolai and the legendary Ennio Morricone.
“A NIGHTMARE VISION OF DESIRE AND FEAR. GORGEOUS, HEADY, DAZZLING!”
- Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
“AN EXERCISE IN GIALLO – A RICHLY COLORFUL MOSAIC OF SINISTER SIDELONG GLANCES” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
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