All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Each new Michael Haneke release tends to be accompanied with the words ‘masterpiece’ and ‘his best yet’ but it is an opinion I don’t always subscribe to. That is until Amour because this is undoubtedly a masterpiece and quite possibly his greatest achievement as a director too. These words are lofty praise indeed but fully deserved as this is his most humane, challenging and beautifully judged work to date and may well be the great film of the decade.
Deserved hyperbole out of the way, Amour, is a work of art that could only ever have been created by Haneke. It is a film as uncompromising and rigorous in its examination of its subject matter as all of his previous…
Winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film & also marking the second Palme d'Or win for renowned filmmaker Michael Haneke after The White Ribbon bagged him his first, Amour is a touching portrait of life in the old age & the difficulties that come with it, and is intimately crafted, sensibly composed & wonderfully narrated from start to finish.
Amour tells the story of George & Anne; an elderly couple well into their eighties who are living a life of retired piano teachers in Paris. Having survived the brutal hardships of life together, their bonding is once again put to severe test when Anne suffers a stroke which leaves the right side of her body badly paralysed thus ultimately driving George to…
Jarring, moving, confrontational, emotive and deeply sincere. Any great piece of art should possess one or more of these qualities and Haneke's film simply possesses them all. And for me personally, I'd like to add soul searing.
I am not that familiar with Haneke's work and the films I have seen by his hand range from brilliant to boring for me. But they all have one thing in common, they are relentless to their audience and their themes. It is therefore intriguing by default when someone like Haneke decides to explore love.
This is a story that excels in its simplicity. What happens when life long lovers face the inevitable, death? How do they cope? In many a writer's hand,…
Georges Laurent does not shed a tear. Age is the greatest sculptor of all. When young, we are afraid, but we pretend not, of what punches life might throw at us. We are afraid of the future, we are afraid of Death, not of our own but of our beloved ones. Age, apart from wilting the physicality and deteriorating the health, infuses great determination and gives humans the solidity to face the pains of life and death unlike any other. Age cleanses us of rashness and enlightens our life with equanimity. Age makes us lose our physical beauty, only to give rise to the truest form of soulful love. Aging is always seen as a one of the greatest enigmas…
Things will go on, and then one day it will all be over.
Even though I saw Amour kept popping up on Letterboxd User's entries with high star ratings, I still didn't read the reviews. I just don't like reading reviews for films I haven't seen yet. Then I realized it was directed by Michael Haneke and didn't bother looking up anything more on the film. Not because I hate the director, but because I planned on watching the film and had a small inkling of what I was in for. I find the best way to tackle a film by Haneke is to have ZERO preconceived notions on what you're about to watch otherwise the film will drop…
Not much to say, but I guess "this bored me" won't quite hack it, so let me try a little harder:
1) I don't have a good track record with Haneke, who I'm firmly convinced is a sadist masquerading as a smug moralist, but I'm not a total hater (Code Unknown is pretty great; Cache is terrifically suspenseful, though it fails to say much of anything besides "FIE, FRANCE, FOR NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THE ALGERIAN WAR"). I didn't go into this wanting to hate it, because I don't do that and that's no way to go through life.
2) This seems rather monumentally pointless — "a hyper-lucid demonstration of his theme," sez Jonathan Romney, to be sure, and I'm not necessarily…
Glacially paced but starkly intimate, Amour is a beautifully shot film that breathes by the performances of its two leads.
I mostly get what this film is trying to say but it loses me at a point. (If you've seen the film, you probably know what that point is.) Obviously major respect to the actors for their incredibly brave performances (especially Riva), and Haneke for his challenging script and confident directing (even if I wasn't entirely willing to follow it everywhere it went). It's very rare to see the titular subject of love explored to its more extreme ends as opposed to storybook cliche.
I am utterly devastated. No pairing or arrangement of words can describe this film's significance, let alone what it's done to me so I'll leave you with this - I vow to never watch this five-star film experience again.
Devastating. Haneke in top form and likely to become a top 10 of the decade after all is said and done.
This tore me up inside.
It was too painful to watch this film. My heart was not ready for this.
Amor, Love, Amour. With its simplistic title, Michael Haneke's deeply profound, and uncompromising examination of life, love and responsibility at its most complex and painful circumstance is simply divine and unforgettable. French New Wave luminaries Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva gave two astonishing performances as an octogenarian couple whose love is severely challenged when one of them is slowly confronted by mortality.
I've been a longtime admirer of Haneke. This is Haneke's most INVITING, sensitive, and passionate work to date. Its subject is not that alienating and obtrusive like his other masterpieces. For example, the extreme violence committed in 'Funny Games'; bleakness of 'White Ribbon'; the boldness of sexual repression/sadomasochism in 'The Piano Teacher', and the dreadful atmosphere of surveillance…
This beautifully-handled, deeply devastating work is all about the most human issue of all: Death. I can clearly see why this got so much buzz around award season when it came out. But I found the film a tad bit slow and redundant a couple of times. Of course the film means to convey that nature, because death is slow and painful. And as we grow older we do forget things. So this rating is more of a personal enjoyment rating. I think the movie is extremely well crafted, but it was a bit on the slower side of things. I had other problems, but the less i say about it the better.
I would recommend this movie to people who can tolerate some hard-to-watch scenes, and who are looking for an artistic take on the elderly.
Great and painful movie.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…