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Acclaimed director Heddy Honigmann takes us on a visit of the renowned Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary artists from around the world including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin, Marcel Proust and Maria Callas among others.

FOREVER introduces us to Parisians and tourists who make pilgrimages to these graves, whether to pay their respects, leave flowers or personal messages, or to tend to the upkeep of the tombstones. They share fascinating anecdotes about the deceased, and relate personal stories about the significance of the artists work in their lives. The cemetery is not only as a resting place for the dead but also a source of peace and inspiration for the living.

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Mesmerizing... one of [Honigmann's] most accomplished and expressive works. --Deborah Young, Variety

A fascinating, beautiful meditation on art. --Kelly Jane Torrance, The Washington Times

Lively and engrossing! --William Johnson, Film Quarterly

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Heddy Honigmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RVA1QO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forever" on IMDb

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A lovely and moving portrait of the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, final resting place of many great artists and other historical figures, who are buried alongside countless "unknown" people with equally fascinating life stories. It's a beautiful, quiet place, and the film takes its cue from this, leaving plenty of room for silence and reflection.

There is no attempt to give a history of the cemetery, nor to comprehensively show all of the graves of dead celebrities, or to even tell their life stories (it is assumed that we know who these people are). Instead, we are invited to wait patiently at a few graves to see who shows up to visit them, or to witness the occasional chance encounter. The interviews that result are never intrusive. Director Heddy Honigmann respects the people she meets, and knows when to stay quiet, letting them tell their stories in their own time: a young Japanese pianist who has devoted herself to playing Chopin in honor of her dead father; an artist making a graphic novel of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past"; a mortician inspired in his own work by the portraits of Modigliani; a man who leads tours, with a special fondness for the graves of certain unknown or forgotten people; a dignified Iranian immigrant taxi driver who also sings Persian classical music; a woman who tends the graves of famous writers and recites their poems; and various other family members who come to visit their loved ones, all of whom have their own interesting stories. In a way, these people are as much "residents" of the cemetery as those who are buried there; it's a place for the living as much as it is for the dead, a place of remembrance, contemplation, and deep feeling.

However, there are a few scenes that seem out of place.
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I first saw this film on Netflix and "had to own it". "Forever" is drawn from the famous cemetery in Paris called Pere LaChaise. This beautiful study is artistic in that it films not only the graves of some of tho most famous people interred here: Chopin, Proust, Nureyev, Lamartine, Callas, Wilde, etc but also the 'inconnu"-- the unknown who rest quietly, and "Forever". Compelling for the artsy, literary crowd...
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By Gayle on September 20, 2013
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Forever is one of my favorite films. The first time I saw it, I floated into a sort of meditative trance as I watched it, filled with a sense of calmness and peace that is not my usual emotional state when contemplating death. The film is filled with gentle beauty and poignace as people remember their loved ones, and touched with wry humor, where Jim Morrison's grave is pointed to, but never shown, and the French come to visit Proust without having read him, but a worshipful soul arrives to visit his grave having read him in his native language of Korean.
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By pet thoughts on February 14, 2014
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a bit boring, and the subject matter is for those that have an interest in the subject only. I had visited the graveyard in 2005 and it was interesting to me to see if I remembered any of the sites. I found that there were sites I had missed on my first visit and when I return to Paris, I will visit the graveyard again to see those spots.
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Simply put, this is not a documentary about the cemetery, but rather a series of interviews with a number of regular visitors to it. While I suppose there are those who are in the mood for such a movie, I found the discussions to be invariably uninteresting and slow, which on top of my disappointment about the subject matter caused us to give up about a half hour into the movie.
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How could a documentary about the beautiful Pere Lachaise cemetery ever go wrong? This filmmaker manages to make a botch of something that could have been quite stunning. She inexplicably spends most of the film on Marcel Proust and Frederic Chopin, and mostly ignores the other famous residents of this cemetery. There are some fine moments with everyday people as they tend the graves of their beloved family members--I wish the filmmaker had done more of this. I was really looking forward to this movie, but was extremely disappointed. Perhaps Ms.Honigmann should have entitled her film "Marcel Proust's Grave."
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Those words come from the Song of Solomon in scripture. And I can think of no film that more completely captures the spirit of that line than this magnificent documentary. The setting, of course, is the famous cemetery in Paris known as Pere-Lachaise.

The filmmaker succeeds in showing the impact that the departed have on the hearts of the living...a young Japanese woman who was moved by her father's love of music to become a concert pianist; she pays homage to Chopin - a taxi cab driver who dreams of becoming a singer of Middle Eastern poetry regularly visits and tends to the tomb of Persian writer Sadegh Hedayat - a Spanish woman who is paying respects to her lost husband talks about the impact of the Spanish civil war on her family.

There is a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" where the planetarium director lectures to the high school students that in the grand scheme of the universe, each human life is insignificant.This film shows us he is wrong! The lives of others can often touch, move, uplift, inspire persons far beyond their imaginings.
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