Amour

Amour

(2012)

Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Academy Awards, this French drama directed by Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games) examines old age, infirmity and mortality with relentless honesty as it depicts the relationship of a couple in their eighties.... More

Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva) are retired music teachers in their eighties whose lives are fulfilled by music and their love for one another. But when Anne suddenly sits staring blankly at her husband one day, it signals the first onset of a mental and physical deterioration that will test their love's ability to endure an inevitable conclusion.

This is the second Palme d'Or that Haneke has won, placing him in an elite category of just seven directors that have been twice honoured with the supreme award at Cannes.Hide

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Michael Haneke's films always take place in the shadow of something unspeakable. In his debut, 1989's The Seventh Continent, it was madness; in his last film, 2009's Palme D'Or-winning The White Ribbon, it was Naziism. Here, in his most celebrated work (also a Palme D'Or winner), it is, simply, death.... More

One evening, elderly couple Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) come back to their lovely, lived-in flat after a classical music concert. In the night, Georges wakes to find Anne, confused, staring off into the darkness. In the morning, her brain freezes while washing up - the onset of dementia.

Over the next few months, the image of running water – something natural but impossible to control, the ordinary becoming overwhelming – infects Georges' dreams as Anne's mental and physical health deteriorate. With terrifying speed, she slips from walking stick to wheelchair, having difficulty washing herself to wetting the bed. Anne is incensed and mortified; Georges is patience personified. Still, an uncharacteristic flash of temper from him is one of the most shocking things you'll see onscreen all year.

While Haneke, that most precise of directors, has no qualms getting down to the grim technicalities of decay, he might just have softened a little bit too. In fact, Amour's biggest surprise is not that it's movingly acted and extremely harrowing, but that it's the most optimistic of all his films. Although nothing can spare Georges and Anne from life's final indignities, they do have one weapon against what's waiting for us all in the wings: love.Hide


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BY Brian1 superstar

nevertheless, engaging enough, Some home truths about a future none of us want to encounter.Bit slow in parts.


While the acting is superb, the story is exceptionally slow and plodding. In all it's about an hour and thirty minutes too long.


Making a difficult subject into a thing of beauty can only happen so often in the movie world. "Amour" achieves this in style. Although, most of us may avoid such cinema magic, the portrayal of the unkind changes in the later years of life impressed us Loafers. 4 stars from us and noted as a worthy Oscar winner. The topic may have dragged down our score but we all agreed that the producer's talents are tops.


BY adeej superstar

I saw this film at the New Zealand International Film Festival and really enjoyed it. It is an extremely slow film, but I was never bored. The interaction between the caregiver husband and the wife suffering from a stroke and alzheimers was brilliantly acted and I was completely engaged with what was happening. With a surprise show of love at the end of the film, I walked out of the cinema knowing that I had seen a wonderful film that led me the think about the realities of true love and... More growing old.Hide


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94% of critics recommend.
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  • The resulting interplay of ruthless restraint and unavoidable passion, plus the film's refusal to shrink from depicting the inevitable horrors of physical deterioration, is devastating. Full Review

  • This poignantly acted, uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man's capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature. Full Review

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