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…
Film #23 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge!
Task #17 : A depressing film!
Perhaps the most accessible film in Haneke's repertoire but no less devastating! In fact it was too painfully real! The film makes one pause briefly to contemplate their own mortality!
The actors gave incredibly strong performances! To their credit I felt as if I was a "fly on the wall" spying like a peeping tom on a real life aging couple!
While I can't call this entertaining I can say it was extraordinarily realistic and impeccably done!
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…
largely silent and very slow-paced; emotional and existential but at times a little too much so
Painful. Horrid. Tragic. Real. Stunning. Beautiful. Unforgettable. But films seldom reach this level of power.
A perfect study of love and devotion. Not for the faint of heart, but I find it hard to imagine anyone missing Michael Haneke's masterful film.
I'm also always surprised how everyone is cool with labeling all of Haneke's films as bleak and without hope. I think there is often a good deal of hope to be found in most of his work. It is just shown within the context of something bleak.
The situation presented to Emmanuelle Riva's Anne and Jean-Louis Trintignant's Georges is indeed sad and tragic, but it quite clear that both have shared a wonderful life together. As challenging as it…
I see some people criticizing Amour's slow pacing but I believe the slow pacing works in favour of this film in the same way it works for 2001. Why? Because the slow pacing appropriately sets the tone for the film and creates the atmosphere of calm. Taking care of a deteriorating loved one on her inevitable one-way trip to death (shown with a flash-forward), like a space mission to Jupiter, is not supposed to be exciting.
Amour is an arduous, endearing, and progressively painful film to sit through but it deals with a subject matter that couldn't have been told any other way. Thank you Haneke for an emotional pain I won't be able to shake off for a long time.
French cinema has a way of elegantly killing you with their movies... and that´s what this one does...
Acting is superb here, this movie can only be describe as a Masterpiece. But I´m pretty sure I´m not going to see it again... too much pain, too much torture, too real... every scene is devastating.
Sometimes when you come to an acclaimed piece of art after the acclaim has crested, that acclaim can be all you think about when finally experiencing it. So went my viewing of Amour, the Palme d'or winner at the 2012 Cannes festival and the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Oscars (however much that matters). Watching Amour I was constantly aware of which buzz-topics I should be picking up on - the supposed humanity director Michael Haneke brought to the plight of its suffering elderly couple, the film's stark palate - and somewhat numb to them. Haneke's protagonists turn in noble performances, selling completely the couple's comfortable dynamic and the severity with which each deals with Anne's stroke. The…
When you become so invested in the characters you forget what you're seeing is actually called acting. Astonishing and devastating.
By the Lord of God.
The first hour is OH. The second, FUCK.
So affecting, in a very good and a very bad way. It's unique, and it'll be remembered for a long time.
A very dry and quiet affair that plays more like a two hour series of observations than as a film.
This is not criticism or praise.
A somber film that is well made but for an unnecessary opening scene that takes away from the following narrative.
The endgame may be a clear certainty, but there is still no need to broadcast it. This is not that sort of film.
Emotionally honest performances from Riva and Trintignant, decent/appropriate direction from Haneke.
A rather straightforward narrative with nothing much to speak of visually or narratively. A touch of moral ambiguity that grows less ambiguous the more thought actually given to it.
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…