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Critic Reviews for Forever
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.
Audience Reviews for Forever
Every scene is memorable, including the opening one where director Heddy Honigmann sticks up her snooty Euro cosmopolitan nose at Americans in general and Jim Morrison in particular.
Remarkable, even revelatory documentary about the power of art in view of death. Without a hint of snobbery, the honesty Honigmann coaxes out of these interviews results in empathy. Truly beautiful.
Interviews of vistors to the famous PÃ¨re-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Resting-place of artists from all eras and corners of the world: Piaf, Proust, Jim Morrison and Chopin. The mysterious, calming and consoling beauty of this unique cemetery through the eyes of people of flesh and blood. Admirers share with us the importance of art and beauty in their lives, the graveyard gradually reveals itself as a source of inspiration for the living.
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