Villa Amalia
Villa Amalia (2009)

"Villa Amalia", is an assured and intriguing exploration of the experiences of a woman who abandons her career and liquidates her posessions to head off towards an unknown future.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 8, 2009
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A growing reliance on ellipsis gives the film an episodic style that makes it feel as if we're watching snippets from a long-running series and increasingly it feels like the film has little to say about its subject.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A promising and attractive film from Benoît Jacquot that devolves into an oddly unchallenging arthouse remake of Under the Tuscan Sun.

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Henry Barnes
Little White Lies

Benoît Jacquot, in his fifth collaboration with Isabelle Huppert, drops us into the flurry of events that make up a year in the life of professional musician Ann Hidden.

Alistair Harkness

The film's resolution makes Villa Amalia seem more mundane than it should.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Insinuating and enigmatic filmmaking adds to the central mystery of this intensely personal odyssey

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Adapted from a novel by Pascal Quignard, Benoît Jacquot's film is a contrived but utterly compelling study in seizing back one's life.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Jacquot's film does not pander to the young or inexperienced and requires the viewer to read between the lines.

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Peter Bradshaw

Sometimes diverting in an eccentric and disengaged way.

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