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"Mesmerizing...one of [Honigmann's] most accomplished and expressive works" -Variety
"Sumptuous" -Film Comment
"Like the best art, Forever is ultimately a meditation on the human condition and how, in the midst of grief and loss, we manage to create fragile, piercing joys" -TimeOut London
"Forever achieves something more resonant than a Solemn Affirmation of the Immortal Spirit of Art by virtue of Honigmann's instinct and sensitivity as an interviewer" -Village Voice
Critic's Pick! "Forever proves once and for all that there is life after death, but not necessarily for the dead" -Washington Post
Tip of the Week! "Honigmann,...is a sideways director: her documentaries come out of some sort of acute peripheral vision...she's elusively suggesting things beyond the ostensible topic" -NewCity Chicago
"Forever is ultimately a meditation on the human condition and how, in the midst of grief and loss, we manage to create fragile, piercing joys" -TimeOut Chicago
Critics Choice! "Gracefully executed, quietly weighing the power of art over death" -Chicago Reader
"Honigmann's lovely, elegant meditation...exposes haunting truths about Père-Lachaise and the visitors who fill it with such incongruous life and vivacity" -The Onion
For the past 20 years, Heddy Honigmann (Metal and Melancholy, O Amor Natural) has been producing documentaries of uncommon beauty, insight and intelligence. Ostensibly a visit to Paris's famed Père Lachaise cemetery, Forever focuses upon those visitors who haunt the graves of artists whose work has touched them profoundly: they talk about Maria Callas's arias, Modigliani's nudes, Jim Morrison's rock lyrics, Simone Signoret's sexy screen presence, Chopin's sonatas. A testament to the oft-quoted notion that a civilization is not remembered by its great military victories but by its most brilliant artistic accomplishments. As a result, Forever will provide every viewer the opportunity to reflect on the transcendental importance of art in our lives, and perhaps on our own mortality as well.
Directed by Heddy Honigmann, Netherlands, 2006, 35mm, 95 mins. In French with English subtitles.