Amour

Amour

Amour

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.

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.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 2012. Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes 2013. Best Foreign Film and Best Actress (Riva), BAFTA Awards 2013.
2012Rating: R13, contains content that may disturb125 minsFrance, Germany, AustriaFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
81%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Heartfelt and humane.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A tender, wrenching, impeccably directed story of love and death.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A moving, terrifying and uncompromising drama of extraordinary intimacy and intelligence.

5.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Old age isn't for sissies, and neither is this film.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

An exceptional work shows a world-class director still unafraid to lock horns with the profound mysteries of the universe.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Consummate acting helps ease a painful watch, as Michael Haneke describes the ultimate test of love in a profoundly honest study of sickness and dying.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Haneke being Haneke, Amour is still a bracingly unsentimental film, but it shouldn't be mistaken for heartless.

0

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

3.0
0

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

2.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Heartfelt and humane.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A tender, wrenching, impeccably directed story of love and death.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A moving, terrifying and uncompromising drama of extraordinary intimacy and intelligence.

5.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Old age isn't for sissies, and neither is this film.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

An exceptional work shows a world-class director still unafraid to lock horns with the profound mysteries of the universe.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Consummate acting helps ease a painful watch, as Michael Haneke describes the ultimate test of love in a profoundly honest study of sickness and dying.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Haneke being Haneke, Amour is still a bracingly unsentimental film, but it shouldn't be mistaken for heartless.

0

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

3.0
0

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

2.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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...

4.0
0