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Villa Amalia (2008)

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Legendary French screen actress Isabelle Huppert headlines this sumptuous, passionate tale, adapted from a novel by belletrist Pascal Quignard (All the Mornings of the World). Huppert stars as Ann, a gifted and brilliant, middle-aged musician whose sense of security falls to pieces when she stumbles onto her husband, Thomas (Xavier Beauvois), kissing another woman. Without hesitation, she abandons him and takes a headlong rush into the arms of a new life. Guided by her musical intuition and the

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A growing reliance on ellipsis gives the film an episodic style that makes it feel as if we're watching snippets from a long-running series and increasingly it feels like the film has little to say about its subject.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film's resolution makes Villa Amalia seem more mundane than it should.

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Jacquot's film does not pander to the young or inexperienced and requires the viewer to read between the lines.

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A promising and attractive film from Benoît Jacquot that devolves into an oddly unchallenging arthouse remake of Under the Tuscan Sun.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

Insinuating and enigmatic filmmaking adds to the central mystery of this intensely personal odyssey

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Sometimes diverting in an eccentric and disengaged way.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Benoît Jacquot, in his fifth collaboration with Isabelle Huppert, drops us into the flurry of events that make up a year in the life of professional musician Ann Hidden.

June 25, 2010
Little White Lies

Adapted from a novel by Pascal Quignard, Benoît Jacquot's film is a contrived but utterly compelling study in seizing back one's life.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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