Ana, mon amour (2016)

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Toma and Ana meet at university. A love affair begins that is full of hopes and dreams and suffused by the feeling that each needs the other in equal measure. Ana has a complicated family background and suffers from severe panic attacks. Middle-class Toma is as shocked as he is fascinated by the deep well of despair he encounters in his beloved. Toma gives Ana his complete support and takes her to see a string of doctors. At the same time the two begin to isolate themselves from their families and friends. Ana's weakness appears to make Toma stronger. When she falls pregnant, Ana embarks on a therapy based on analytical psychoanalysis from which she emerges a stronger person. But then Toma's world begins to topple ... Călin Peter Netzer's film blends romantic drama with a study of mental illness and how it is overcome. Unfolding like a complex puzzle structured around Toma's psychoanalytical sessions, the narrative plunges into the past in a series of sustained flashbacks. Scenes from a complex marriage that reveal numerous connections to the repressed depths and taboos of Romanian society.

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Critic Reviews for Ana, mon amour

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

This two-hander about toxic-codependency from Romanian director Călin Peter Netzer is best in small-moments and insightful asides, but does a disservice to the relationship at its heart by honing in on one single thought and hammering it home.

Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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... a man and a woman immersed in the most toxic codependence. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A film that manages to stun, both at the best and (sometimes) in the worst sense of the expression. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Netzer manages well this dissolution of classical time to tell us how a young man and a woman know each other. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Though Netzer's compassion for both Ana and Toma is never in doubt, the fragmentation of the narrative ensures a measure of detachment which makes for balance, ambivalence and clarity.

Feb 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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