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…
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…
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…
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…
Will I ever stop crying?
There's only one part in this movie that hit my guts and that's enough to remind me that this director has a history of making your stomach hurt. After all, Amour is hard to review, it's just that it will grab you throughout it or you will just fell asleep in few minutes.
Another very well respected movie that I expected to like a little more.
Amour is still a good movie though. A horribly crippling and depressing movie, but still a good one nonetheless.
Great acting, but too depressing for me.
A burguesia envelhecendo.
Amour is a really well constructed film but it is very heavy viewing, as we witness Anne’s deterioration progress over the course of the film. The opening scene tells us already how the story ends, while the rest of the film leads to how it came down to it. Here we witness how Georges and Anne are peaceful together, until one day at the dinner table Anne is…somewhere else entirely as Georges tries to get a response, until eventually a few minutes later, she’s back and unaware of what’s just happened. We see how this stroke event now spells the beginning of the end of their relationship together, as the apartment they share together becomes a prison of sorts for…
Sometimes the value of a movie can’t be explained in the typical words we use to generally analyze. Sometimes a film ascends the notion of plot, story, narrative, or driving action to be something entirely emotional. Something that cuts deeper. This intangible, to me, defines the word ‘Cinematic.’ Like trying to describe the color green or communicate the way a smell ignites your memory. Only the interaction between the viewer and what’s inside that box for two hours can relate what a work of this kind adds up to. Michael Haneke’s films always have a way of usurping typical conventions and penetrating your psyche in these unexpected ways. Even though it’s his “calmest” film to date, no movie Haneke’s made…
Slow-burning devastation. Michael Haneke might be letting us off easy by Michael Haneke standards, but Amour still requires a herculean toughness to get through, chiefly because Emmanuelle Riva doesn't go quietly into the night. It's not the pain of her stroke that's hard to watch, but the unflinching look at a woman's dignity being corroded away, inch by inch, as she slips inexorably into death. Jean-Louis Trintignant is tremendous as her husband, embodying a distinctively French style of stoicism. Even more than his love for his wife (which is at once simple and complex), I was moved by the way he took full responsibility for an awful situation, for better and worse; his daughter tries to intervene, his neighbors try…
Haneke has, once again, crafted a gripping drama that explores--unflinchingly--an aspect of life that we'd rather avoid: getting old and dying. While death is often a central theme in cinema, Haneke's film resonates. His subtle, observing style composed of long takes, and seemingly random vignettes, builds to climatic moment that is both horrifying, and sublimely cathartic. Amour is often painful to watch, and portrays a world where there's no such thing as dying with dignity. I need a drink.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…