May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Released by Anchor Bay in January 2011, Amer (Bitter) is Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s deliciously formidable inaugural feature and open homage to cult Italian horror genre, giallo.
This near dialogue-free French/Belgian giallo extraordinaire a – triptych tale of Ana amid the lust and violence that shapes her – shows its devotion to its generic procreators with more than enough aplomb to seamlessly anchor it in French art-house cinema. Elated for days following the screening, it’s no secret that this gloriously fervent psychoanalytic hotbed ignited in me some hope for the filmic future.
Frankly, a staggering first feature and nothing less than essential viewing for fans of giallo and art-house alike, or, for the virgin masses, an intoxicating cinematic opiate that will leave you seeking out your erstwhile fix.