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…
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…
I have no idea where to begin. No idea what to say. No idea how to say anything. Nearly two years ago now, I saw Michael Haneke's film Cache and from the moment it started, I was spellbound. Hooked on Haneke. I gradually began to seek out more of his work until I had seen every feature. The Seventh Continent, Code Unknown, Cache and The White Ribbon garnered perfect, 10/10 ratings. His other films I also hold in very high regard.
Then along came Amour. It didn't come from nowhere. I knew Haneke was working on it for a while, and I followed its progress eagerly. Finally it had its premiere at Cannes, and was met with enormous critical praise…
A small, but very beautiful look at what a loving relationship means under extraordinary conditions over. I don't think that the film brought anything new to the discussion of love that film has had over the last 100 years, but the two leads performances are pretty amazing. If anything, the movie is perhaps the most accurate representation of a matured relationship that I have seen in a very long time. Definitely worth the time for the acting. Also, would probably make an excellent play, since most of the movie takes place in a single setting.
Just when I thought Michael Haneke could surprise me no more, he comes along with a film like this. A film for which the jury at Cannes gave him his 2nd Palme d'Or in four years. And nothing less than this film deserves.
The story of an elderly French couple, their deteriorating health and devotion to each other is the basis, and allows the Austrian auteur to inject something rarely if ever seen in any of his films to date, heart.
The biggest compliment I can give this film, is that it make me want to die in time.
Same thing happened with Amour as what happened with the only other Haneke film I'd seen previously (Hidden/Caché) in that I literally had no idea what to think of it immediately afterwards. I couldn't decide if I liked it, if I didn't like it, if I'd enjoyed it or if it was a hard-watch etc.
What I did know was that being put into this voyeuristic position, where you feel like you're peering in on a very private family matter, was an uncomfortable position to be in as a viewer. I felt like I shouldn't be watching this, because it's rude to. It's none of my business what this old woman's failing health is doing to her and her dutiful…
Devastante sinfonia sulla forza dell'Amore. Dolore, paura e resurrezione dell'anima in quest'opera magistrale di Haneke.
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen in my entire life. Michael Haneke was almost perfect and made the movie unforgettable. The point is: we go through life worrying every single day about never making it to old age. And Haneke plays very well with our fear of death.
As heart-wrenching and expert as everyone says it is. I'm not sure what I have to add to the conversation at this late point.
This was my first Michael Haneke film and I am absolutely blown away. If Amour is any indication of the technical skill of the director, then I have been a moron for depriving myself of his films for so long.
There are many films that show first 'love', or lust as it truly should be known, but not many show how true lovers react once they're at the end of their days. What would you do if your spouse of many years suddenly couldn't look after themselves? Romeo would probably be right out the door.
If anything, Amour succeeds in how subdued it is. There's nothing flashy, but it's a exceptional portrayal of what real love is.
The finest film about aging I've ever seen.
very depressive movie. I dont think it is a bad movie but is too long and makes you feel sad all the time. would have been better if we didnt have to watch each scene longer than supposed to.