If you've been reading the site lately, you've probably already heard about Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet's Amer. Described as a neo-giallo from Belgium, our own Alison Nastasi has been chomping at the bit to see this film for months now, putting up several articles including the trailer. As you know, we love our giallo films here. Giallo, action, post-apocalyptic sci-fi ... the Italians have made some great genre films, and giallos in particular have become part of most every horror fan's lexicon. The holy trinity of Bava, Fulci and Argento made names for themselves with these types of films, so, needless to say, the expectations were high as I sat down for the first screening of Amer on the second night of SXSW 2010.
Amer, which is French for sour or bitter, is presented in three distinct sections, all of which follow Ana as she grows from childhood into womanhood. It is a sexual coming of age story, told in the specific style of giallo. We start with Ana's first discovery of her sexuality, walking in on her parents having sex and struggling to understand the feelings it evokes in her as a child. The film then jumps forward in time to her budding sexual identity as a teenager being the object of desire for those around her, before finally wrapping up with the mature sexual energy she possesses as a fully grown woman. If this stuff sounds a little strange, you can rest assured that it is.