Amnesia (2017)


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Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak... As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question.

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Bruno Ganz
as Bruno, Jo's grandfather
Corinna Kirchhoff
as Elfriede, Jo's mother

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The film has a personal tone that is not always detectable in his other movies. It enhances a film that's one of the most thoughtful in Schroeder's body of work.

Jul 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An affecting rumination on the moral weight of personal choices.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Alas, Mr. Schroeder ... has tethered both his actress and this natural glory to an awkward, unpersuasive story, largely set in the early 1990s, that coalesces around the lingering effects of World War II on the German soul.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

This two-hander is light on plot, but the emotional baggage its leads carry is anything but.

Jul 19, 2017 | Full Review…

[The] script ... saddles the cast with blunt dialogue, laying out ideas at the expense of credibly evasive and self-protective human behavior (to say nothing of realistic conversational rhythms).

Jul 19, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The thorny subject of German historical memory binds the characters in Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia, a thoughtful, sensitive character study that reps a minor-key comeback for the veteran Swiss filmmaker.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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