Villa Amalia details
|Starring:||Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Beauvois, Jean-Hugues Anglade|
|Directors:||Benoit Jacquot, Benoît Jacquot|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Oct 2010|
|Main languages:||French, Italian|
Most helpful review
It's in his kissBy Bribaba (146 reviews) from London , 09 Oct 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]I liked this existential drama primarily because of Isabelle Huppert. She plays Ann, a concert pianist who feels betrayed by seeing her lover kiss another woman. By way of retort she sells up and hits the road, intending to disappear and forge a new identity. Her destination is wherever the day takes her, though it turns out to be Italy.
This isnt convincing in the least, her idea seems more illusory than a firm commitment, though maybe thats the point. Even when hiking in the Swiss alps shes asked for her passport.
Antonioni pulled off this trick in The Passenger by locating its alienated journalist in Morocco. Ann obliquely refers to this when she observes that Tangiers is an easy place to disappear in. There are other pleasures the film offers notably the superb performance by Huppert, shes never off-screen during the entire film and you never want her to be.
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subtle and movingBy a customer , 10 Aug 2013Huppert is probably my favourite actress of the last 25 years, so I am always pleased to discover one of her films of which I was unaware. Certainly Villa Amalia is low-key, quiet and reflective, but Huppert's restrained performance gives depth to a relatively simple story. Just about any film is which she is lead tends to be good-to-great, and this is no different; however, don't expect the usual pyrotechnics!
not worth an hour and a half of my time!By a customer , 01 Dec 2012This was listed under ITALIAN language, which I'm studying; the first Italian words were ONE HOUR into the film and didn't last very long. I'm not a francophile; the characters were paper thin, the story was very bitty and didn't hold my attention.
Less than the sum of its distinguished partsBy erp (67 reviews) from Manchester , 02 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Maybe I need to watch this again to absorb it fully, but I found it somehow less than the sum of its parts - brilliant acting from Huppert and Anglade, fine cinematography that crystallised the spirit of different locations in a memorable way, but I just couldn't get deeply engaged or really believe in Ann's story.
Villla with a View.By Nitaray (222 reviews) from Farnham , 10 Dec 2011I'm always pleased to watch Huppert. But I tend to agree with some other members that she can get a little tedious with her particular style of acting. However, if ever a role suited her, this one does. There's not much going on in the script and so the camera lingers long and lovingly on Isabelle, as she plays a concert pianist whose life is turned upside down by her husband's apparent betrayal.
Seeing him passionately kissing a strange woman outside a house one night, she doesn't hang about to find out if it's serious or just a momentary lapse. She ditches her beloved piano, ups sticks and takes off for some unknown destination, casting off inhibitions with every mile. It's something many people have considered doing at some point in their lives, leave their problems behind and go wherever the wind blows them.
The camera crew have a fine old time following Huppert through her journey with its various locations, and the photography is spectacular.
There are no signposts. But it is possible to tell exactly where she is at any given moment, even before one hears a few words of local dialogue.
The Italian location, where stands tha Villa Amalia, is the most beautiful of all. Watching this film in HD is amazing. So I would recommend it for that alone. But otherwise, it's not memorable.
Quiet and reflectiveBy Anniegetyogun (116 reviews) from Down South , 14 May 2011There is a lot I like about this film so I wouldn't want to put anyone off trying it; the exploration of 'dropping out', of reflection and letting go, resting in nature and its rhythms, purposelessnes (in a good way), grief and sexual exploration, all quite subtle and never a 'message' or in your face. But it is sooo slow that as a viewer i found it hard not to ff.
Conversely, there are aspects of it like her relationship with Giulia which are literally gone if you blink and the ending....? What ending?
I can see that if you are in the same frame of mind as the lead it could be a perfect film to watch.
She is in grief, a dark night of the soul, and realistically would be ambling and purposeless so it does fit and perhaps the silences allow the viewer to reflect on their own feelings whilst watching......