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…
eh, not that good of a movie. old age sucks, i know.
slow-paced, close to real life.
Haneke pocketed his second Palme d'Or for this chamber drama, a painful study of aging and illness and the unique challenges it brings to a loving long-term relationship.
French screen legends Trintignant and Riva, ably supported by Huppert, figuratively and literally bare themselves to the cold stare of the Austrian director's unflinching camera.
This is a particularly demanding film for the audience as it forces us all to confront a topic many might understandably be reluctant to consider.
All in all, an arduous but ultimately rewarding viewing experience..
Extremely well acted but arduous in the extreme. It was like watching the Cliff's notes on debilitating senility.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Haneke's choice to have the husband smother his wife is a bit of a cop-out, I think. Much more bleak and devastating if he watched her die naturally, which is what I was expecting.
It reminds me of that Louis CK joke: your best-case scenario is falling in love with your soul mate and living out the rest of your days together until one of you dies. Just beyond horrifying.
Despite the denouement, this is just extremely well-executed across the board. (Even the final sequence, after her death, is totally believable and well-done.) Astonishing performance from Emmanuelle Riva, too. I love how Haneke combines long takes with large gaps of time between scenes... keeps you emotionally present, yet disoriented at how quickly her condition worsens.
Amour tells the captivating honest story of Georges( Jean Louis Trintignant) and Anne(Emmanuel Riva) as Georges must take of his aging wife who has begun to lose control of her body and who she is as a person. The chemistry the two share is so honest and their love is one of the most original shown on film. The film never pulls away from the sadder parts of the melodrama but lets the experience speak for itself and as a result gives filmgoers a great film that demands at least one view by anyone wanting a different film about love.
My Take: It so honest and so unflinching in its delivery that I may not be able to revisit this for a while but that doesn't take away from its brilliance.
The lives of an elderly couple are changed forever when the wife has a stroke and the husband decides to devote himself to caring for her. A well made, eye opening and sometimes frightening film that makes us think about our own mortality. Another powerful story from Michael Haneke.
A patient, unrelenting story about love at its most fragile. Screened as a part of Vassar College's Tournées Film Festival.
In which the titular sensation/concept/process renews between octogenarian musicians (Jean Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) while the fairer rapidly fails. The subject matter of last year’s Palme d’Or would tempt you to believe that in the oeuvre of Michael Haneke, it’s an evolution, or at least a digression, into something warm and reasonably generous. But no: this is a Haneke film from long-take to meticulously composed long-take. Even the close-ups keep their Brechtian distance, and a specter of menace hovers over each and every frame. Save for a rather brilliant extreme long shot that obscures the couple in a crowd of concertgoers, Amour takes place entirely in their Parisian flat, and in a way it’s a spiritual successor to Roman Polanski’s…
A very tragic, real film I had unfortunately not seen until today. I was not caught off guard by the ending, which I believe is unfortunate, but which also speaks to the exemplary character study undertaken by this film. As a non-French speaker, I wasn't disengaged in the slightest by the subtitles. The film is beautiful. I hope when I'm old im loved and give love the way this film so naturally depicts. Both of my grandfathers had very similiar transactions with their wives, and it was powerful to watch.
- 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.…