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Sunday, 14 November 2010
Villa Amalia Poster
My latest Isabelle Huppert movie is based on a Pascal Quignard novel All Mornings of the World and directed by Benoit Jacquot, who had previously collaborated with the talented actress. Villa Amalia (2010) is a film that’s not necessarily going to set the world alight but this sombre reflection on the ultimate romantic fantasy (Sight and Sound) is a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience which is helped by the superb cinematography, sumptuous landscapes and the regularly impressive acting from the legendary French star.
Ann Hidden (Huppert) is a gifted and talented musician whose sense of wellbeing falls to pieces when she witnesses the man she has shared her life with for the last 15 years kissing another women. Without hesitation she abandons him, sells her goods and chattels and makes a decision to start her life over. Embarking on a journey that ultimately takes her to an isolated Villa on the Italian island of Ischia and into the arms of a beautiful local women Giulia (Maya Sansa) with whom Ann soon discovers a new passion in her life.