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Searing memories and carnal desires rule the mind of Ana (Marie Bos), a young woman in thrall to her own fantasies in this French psychological thriller that blends eroticism with European slasher movie traditions and a haunted house on the Côte d'Azur. The film's enigmatic, intimate cinematography builds an atmosphere thick with the pall of evil, as Ana's visions and obsessions draw her toward deeper eroticism -- and deeper danger. -- (C) Olive Films
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's perhaps asking a bit much to read it as anything more than a claustrophobic portrait of sexual danger, but it still fulfils that highly specific brief with blood-splashed gusto."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"There used to be a climate for dares like this; let's re-create it."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"This is art-house horror, a pure cinema for connoisseurs, a return to late-19th-century decadence."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"For all its gloss and panache and giddying crash zooms to the keyhole, Amer is finally little more than a prolonged tease of a movie; provocation without a purpose."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Fans lamenting the decline of Italian fear maestro Dario Argento will be relieved to find his legacy in such talented hands."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"A voluptuous wallow in recycled psychosexual kitsch."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The pleasures of this gorgeous, clever, and visceral film are almost exclusively aesthetic. Those unmoved or alienated by the porn of pain may be left flopping as nervelessly as one of the movie's severed limbs."
‑ Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"It's beautifully made but feels more like an art installation than something you might savour in a cinema."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Generally, Amer's film language is akin to a glossy car advert in the style of giallo. At other times, the filmic experimentation is uncompromising, any meaning dissolves and only enigmatic imprints are left."
‑ Nicola Woodham, Electric Sheep
"Not for everyone, but fans of Dario Argento will find plenty to like about this otherworldly study of sex and sensuality."
‑ Sam Toy, Empire Magazine
"A bravura exploration of fear and desire, a visual tour de force composed of cropped images, strobe cuts, bizarre psychological twists and a steamy sensuality."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"... those willing to immerse themselves in the film's own peculiar sensibility (never before has the connection between horror films and pornography been more obvious) will find it to be a rewarding, if also disturbing, experience."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"By turns disturbing, suspenseful, puzzling and terrifying, Amer is a stylishly directed, visually stunning pastiche of Italian genre cinema with a superb soundtrack and terrific performances from the three leads."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"With its excitable score (assembled from old gialli), expressionist colour palette and invasive close-ups, it is heady, head-scratching fun."
‑ Leo Robson, Financial Times
"Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet's baroque Belgian beauty pays homage to '70s Italian horror but brims with its own sexualised currents of threat and promise."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
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