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 proliferation and popularity of the departed eventually waned. Still, thousands of people continue to visit Père-Lachaise each and every year, and whether it be the fan who shows up to place a flower on the grave of the artist who inspired them or the little old ladies who tend to the graves and ensure that the grounds don't fall to ruin, these quiet visitors open up to the camera to provide an intimate look at the meaning of immortality in a world where death waits for no one. … More
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Critic Reviews for Forever
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.
It's a surprisingly upbeat and moving film considering it's set at a cemetery.
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.
What we see in Heddy Honigmann's understated, touching documentary are the ways that people reach out to the abstract.
Honigmann develops, with deceptive casualness, a few unforgettable character studies and one of the purest, most moving motion pictures of the year.
Achieves something more resonant than a Solemn Affirmation of the Immortal Spirit of Art.
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.
Honigmann's subtle asides -- moody cuts to mournful statuary, insects crawling over tombs -- all speak to her art-is-immortal theme.
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.
Death, beauty and the persistence of art are the vast topics addressed in Heddy Honigmann's frustrating documentary Forever.
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.
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.
One of those rare docs capable of holding its own in an official selection of fiction films.
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