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Forever (2007)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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Filmmaker Heddy Honigmann takes an up-close look at one of the world's most famous cemeteries in this documentary exploring Père-Lachaise -- the eternal resting ground of such world-renowned artists as Jim Morrison, Piaf, Chopin, and Proust. Despite the fact that they may be home to a variety of well-known artists, composers, and musicians, the lavish grounds of Père-Lachaise are also occupied by a number of lesser-known figures whose once-strong fan bases have since died down as the

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This is a film, then, about a place of death giving meanings for life.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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What we see in Heddy Honigmann's understated, touching documentary are the ways that people reach out to the abstract.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Honigmann develops, with deceptive casualness, a few unforgettable character studies and one of the purest, most moving motion pictures of the year.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Achieves something more resonant than a Solemn Affirmation of the Immortal Spirit of Art.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Without digging up a single rotting, worm-infested corpse or skeleton, Honigmann's lovely, elegant meditation nevertheless exposes haunting truths about Père-Lachaise and the visitors who fill it with such incongruous life and vivacity.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Honigmann's subtle asides -- moody cuts to mournful statuary, insects crawling over tombs -- all speak to her art-is-immortal theme.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Experiencing art beyond the grave

July 22, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR

meditative and measured

April 11, 2009 Full Review Source:

At times a little pretentious, but a reasonable, not perfect, meditation on art and beauty and the relation of the living artist with the dead who have contributed to his art.

April 6, 2009 Full Review

It's a surprisingly upbeat and moving film considering it's set at a cemetery.

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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To be honest, a 90-minute documentary about a cemetery sounds about as exciting as spending 90 minutes in a cemetery. But surprisingly, Forever turns out to be a much-better film than that would suggest.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Netherlands-based filmmaker Heddy Honigmann uses the famed necropolis as a means of looking how artistic inspiration continues to live on long after the artist's death.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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[A film with] power to stir a memory of beauty beheld and shared.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

For anyone who has had the pleasure of walking through the Père Lachaise but struggled to elucidate its inexplicable appeal, Heddy Honigmann's documentary is enlightening without being demystifying.

September 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Internationally revered documentarian Heddy Honigmann lends her voice to this heartbreakingly beautiful exposition on the enduring nature of art that takes place almost entirely in the famous Pere-Lachaise cemetery.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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