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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.
An affecting rumination on the moral weight of personal choices.
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.
This two-hander is light on plot, but the emotional baggage its leads carry is anything but.
[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).
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.
The compassion with which the actors deliver and respond to these revelations is nuanced and emotional.
Amnesia feels as if a second, lesser story has been ripped from and haphazardly shaped out of a challenging one.
Pretty and meditative, tepid and toothless.
Sunsets overlooking the Mediterranean are always gorgeous here... The setting is an ironic contrast to the dark questions of moral responsibility that finally need sunshine.
"Amnesia" is an intensely quiet film, suited to Keller's understated performance.
The film is not a thriller or a great mystery. But it does sustain our interest sufficiently.
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