All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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…
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…
Not quite the masterpiece I anticipated, based on the fantastic reviews.
From the way this film was advertised, I thought it was going to be a touching reflection on the power of love to hold on through old age.
It was definitely not the film I was expecting, and was more chilling than touching. But it was still a great film--just not one I would like to visit again any time soon.
Beautiful. Agonizing. Emotional.
These things escape my mind throughout the viewing of Michael Haneke's, Amour, a mesmerizing and haunting tale beaconed by hope and love.
The Beautiful hits the hammer on the head in every scene. Lengthy shots parade character's insights and the spectacle lure of our two protagonists, Georges and Anne.
The Agonizing is family tension. Jean-Louis Trintignant makes every scene spectacular with memorable dialogue. Emmanuelle Riva who is so convincing yet excrutiating to witness throughout the film's progress adds the quiet tension it needs.
The Emotional is the moment the credits scroll. When we ponder over the film's beginning to end, and die a little inside.
The 2012 Palme d'Or, by an Austrian man about a French couple, one of whom is tragically slipping into death. Michael Haneke said he was moved by the question "How do you manage the suffering of someone you love?" Long and slow meditations on patience, care, stubbornness, fortitude. Tensions of hospital life, euthanasia, mercy. Long. Slow. Tense. But it's magical, very worthwhile, very well crafted.
Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) are an elderly couple, both retired music teachers. After Anne suffers some strokes, Georges takes care of her. Their daughter is Eva (Isabelle Huppert). An old student of theirs, now a success, is Alexandre (Alexandre Tharaud). With a tender piano soundtrack, the whole scratchy tragedy is relived.
This movie hurt all over
Desgarradora, tristísima y violenta de principio a fin. Debo decir que esa escena casi llegando al final aun me quita el aliento y hace que me duela el corazón.
Sensível e marcante. Um dos melhores filmes de 2012.
I don't cry at movies often.
But this movie...
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I just found out that one of my favourite authors had to cancel an appearance because of his encroaching Alzheimer's. Since his diagnosis, he has become a passionate supporter of assisted suicide. He will know when it is time to stop, and his body won't. I can only assume that he shares my horror at the idea of being trapped inside a body without a brain. Okay, so I won't know it if it happens, but that's the point, isn't it? The things that make me who I am are things to do with my brain. Even if I didn't associate myself so completely with my own intelligence, even if I were just a…
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