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Forever (2007)

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"Forever" is a film about power and the vitality of art, about a place where love and death go hand in hand and beauty lives on: the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Pere-Lachaise - one of the world's most famous cemeteries - is the final resting place for a gifted group of artists from various periods in history and virtually all corners of the world. Some, such as Piaf, Proust, Jim Morrison and Chopin, are still worshipped to this day. Others have fallen into oblivion, or are visited only occasionally by a single admirer. In "Forever" we see the mysterious, calming and consoling beauty of this unique cemetery through the eyes of today's visitors.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

This is a film, then, about a place of death giving meanings for life.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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What we see in Heddy Honigmann's understated, touching documentary are the ways that people reach out to the abstract.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Washington Post
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Honigmann develops, with deceptive casualness, a few unforgettable character studies and one of the purest, most moving motion pictures of the year.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
Salon.com
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Achieves something more resonant than a Solemn Affirmation of the Immortal Spirit of Art.

September 18, 2007
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
AV Club
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Honigmann's subtle asides -- moody cuts to mournful statuary, insects crawling over tombs -- all speak to her art-is-immortal theme.

September 13, 2007
Newsday
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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.

Dallas Williams
Dallas Williams

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.

Phillip Johnston
Phillip Johnston

Interviews of vistors to the famous Père-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.

Robert Underwood
Robert Underwood

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