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Amethyst

USA 2016
produced by
Andrew Wint, Megan Clare Johnson for Frolic Pictures
directed by Jared Masters
starring Grace Klich, Valerie Miller, Olivia Yohai, Jared Masters, Derrick Biedenback, Vincent Joel
written by Jared Masters, music by Federico Ferrandina, Michael Trapp, Lionel Schmitt, Rob Meijer, Javier Menichini, Alcyne

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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For her birthday, Amethyst (Grace Klich) receives a vial containing some liquid or other from her sister Ember (Valerie Miller) and hastily downs it all ... before she reads the PS on her birthday card that tells her to only take one drop at a time as the vial contains LSD - well, it's too late now and Amethyst starts tripping while wandering off into the countryside. Upon finding the empty vial (and coming to the right conclusion), Ember follows her and manages to catch up - but eventually, Amethyst thinks Ember has become a monster and drowns her and letting her drag into some fantasy world more and more by some pied piper kind of guy (Derrick Biedenback), where she stumbles upon all kinds of weird characters, passing through all kinds of weird landscapes, and ultimately seeing herself forced (by her own drug-addled imagination as it is) to scale an obelisk that might be her portal home ...

 

Not only because Amethyst was filmed with no dialogue or even on-screen sound, and not only because it makes abundant use of odd and unnatural colour grading, this is a rather weird movie. Now basically, Amethyst was conceived as the representation of an LSD trip ... and indeed, triplike is quite possibly the first word that srings into one's mind when watching it - but it is so in the best possible way, as it doesn't hinge on sensationalism and spectacle but tells a very dreamlike (and thus logic-free) story in a very dreamlike (as in unreal, surreal, absurd, ...) way, with some great locations, fluid camerawork and above-mentioned colour grading adding to the effect. And that the actors all play it relatively straight considering the concept really helps as well.

As mentioned, it's trip-like, but it's also quite unique, and definitely worth a look!

 

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