Stylistic associations between Amer and the Italian thrillers of the 70's are obvious so far: lurid lighting, a nefarious black-gloved figure, wicked score and intense cuts focusing on the eyes. This particular clip is reminiscent of a wonderful scene in Dario Argento's Suspiria, which is sadly being remade by David Gordon Green and set to start shooting this year. In Argento's film, a young American ballet dancer, Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper), arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for something far more sinister. Suzy befriends fellow dancer Sara (Stefania Casini) who becomes hunted by a killer. Sara tries to escape and locks herself in a room and is tormented by the slow reveal of a gleaming knife blade through the crack in the door as it methodically toys with the latch to open it. The scene is slow, deliberate and terrifying--only to be followed by Sara escaping the room through a small window and landing in a mass of razor wire. The film teeters on dream and reality and it looks like Amer may be following suit. If a creepy, taxidermied paw-like thing reaching through a door to open it doesn't jostle you, then you have no soul.
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Could you be any more seduced by a film description than this?
"Ana is confronted to Body and Desire at three key moments of her life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming. The wind lifts her dress and caresses her thighs. A razor blade brushes her skin, where will this chaotic and carnivorous journey leave her?"