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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 a stroke, and 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…
This is why we love cinema.
To say Amour is a film that makes you feel is an understatement. This is without a doubt one of the most harrowing, and upsetting films ever made. As it should be. I recall leaving the theatre after seeing it my first time. I was speechless. The packed audience was speechless. When people did speak, it was in whispers. I felt so drained emotionally, that I found it difficult to walk. No film, before or since has done this to me.
Amour presents us with an all two real account of old age, and dementia. We have all experienced this, will experience this, or know someone who has. It is hard to watch, almost…
This film is so beautiful, intense, truthful and sad!
I loved every second of it! All the little details, expressions, looks..
It is all about love in its purest form.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Notes on the film:
- Portrayal of seasoned love is unique, insightful, and heart-wrenching
- Demonstration of familial bonds in times of stress; all of them want something, they're all confused and acting only best they can. These actions have consequences
- Starts with wife on her own after the initial incident and diagnosis. She is alone, her husband cannot empathize or react properly (wheels her into the apartment, only to have her face away from the conversation he has with the nurse) She is wheeled into the library but she can't take her usual seat. She is but a shadow of her former, lively self (she is a STRONG woman, smart, sassy, proud - after her husband…
this film does not get any less masterful on the second watch. an absolutely beautiful, solid and thorough examination that simply asks "how far would you go to ease the suffering of one you love?". ESSENTIAL.
Amour is Michael Haneke's amazing story about growing old but most of all about love. Free from all Hollywood clichés and with a superb Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as the old couple. I've never seen love being described so devastating and beautiful before.
WORST VALENTINES DAY DATE FILM EVER!
(amazing movie though.)
Intimate and devastating, but so filled with genuine humanity - both positive and negative - that it goes beyond simple wallowing in misery that it easily could have been. A lot of credit has to go to the actors, Riva and Trintignant, but for a filmmaker like Haneke who has a reputation for being a bit of an audience antagonist, he treats the subject with a lot of care and precision.
There are specific scenes - the staring, the first lift from the wheelchair, the "serious" conversation with their daughter, the imagined piano playing, the photo albums - that all stand so singularly that I expect I'll find them lingering long after. There is a sweetness here to go with the sadness. Just a wonderful film.
An astonishing feature from Michael Haneke. The two central leads give titanic performances in the film and deserve much credit, however it is Haneke, who makes this movie such a remarkable experience. Through his use of long takes and naturalism, he makes you really feel the characters story with them. In the most rewarding way possible, the feature feels a lot longer than its runtime. You don't just watch the movie, you live it.
150+ mandatory viewing experiences.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.