Villa Amalia (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Villa Amalia
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.
The film's resolution makes Villa Amalia seem more mundane than it should.
Jacquot's film does not pander to the young or inexperienced and requires the viewer to read between the lines.
A promising and attractive film from Benoît Jacquot that devolves into an oddly unchallenging arthouse remake of Under the Tuscan Sun.
Insinuating and enigmatic filmmaking adds to the central mystery of this intensely personal odyssey
Audience Reviews for Villa Amalia
38%?!?!? Did I see a different film? This movie pulled me expecting one thing and giving me something quite unexpected and beautiful. Benoît Jacquot has made a better film with FAREWELL MY QUEEN, but this is his most charming work. It made me want to destroy my identity and run to Italy.
Sometimes, it is rather difficult watching big names, veteran actors, like Isabelle Huppert, act. On the one hand, most of them have been seriously typecasted after all these years. Like Huppert, who has been repeating roles with cold face but very passionate-hearted. On the other hand, veteran actors' egos are so enormous that all roles look just the same under their handling. Characters' own characteristics, in different texts, had been almost, completely overwhelmed by actors' personal charisma instead- & which is, commonly seen in French Cinema. Nobody dares to argue they can't act, of course. Therefore I am already glad enough to see if there was a slight difference happening, like this one.
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