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 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…
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…
- wow, great movie, beautiful and sad
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I want to pit Michael Haneke against Bela Tarr to see who can hold a shot for the longest that still manages to keep me interested. Every scene in Amour is gorgeous and tragic at the same time. Emmanuelle Riva did a phenomenal job of convincing me that I was actually watching a sick, dying person. Not for a second did I see merely a performance. One such example comes in the scene where she first wets the bed. Her husband (the also fantastic Jean-Louis Trintignant) is setting a blanket in her wheelchair as not to ruin the seat, and behind him we see the face of a truly confused, embarrassed woman, not an actress.
I'm officially convinced that Haneke is one of the best director's working today.
No tan devastadora como me la habían vendido, aunque sí, muy devastadora. Yo creo que el nombre le queda muy bien, ¿qué es el amor más que sacrificar tu propia salud por el bienestar del otro?
El tratamiento de la música y la manera en que Haneke articula espacios con éste y otros recursos, es sensacional.
Great acting, great directing, and great writing meet in an amazing, yet very peculiar movie. Jean-Louis Trintignant is an unbelievable portrayer of Georges, and Anne is miraculously played by Emanuelle Riva.
Michael Haneke's "Amour" is one of the most depressing and beautiful films I've ever seen. And unlike almost every other "depressing" film, "Amour" doesn't try to provoke emotions by using overly dramatic music and shitty directing, à la "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". "Amour" instead is a brutally honest depiction of the troubles associated with old age. The music is only used when there's a song played within the movie's universe. Which is an intelligent choice. The acting is fantastic. Both Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are able to perform flawlessly for minutes. The supporting cast is also great. Especially Isabelle Huppert.
Haneke's directing is some of the best you'll ever see. Visually, he sets up every single shot…
Has any filmmaker summed up the image of French directors as inscrutably, uncomfortably arty then Michael Haneke? (Gasper Noe, maybe.) I don’t like the guy. I’ve never forgiven him for “Funny Games,” an obnoxious film that takes a particularly brain-dead approach to on-screen violence. It seems the majority of his movies are acts in cinematic sadism, belittling and torturous to viewers in the name of confronting them with some heavy-handed philosophy. More didactic speeches then actual stories. Movies needn’t always be entertaining but they should at least be interesting. To confirm his air as a stuffy, pretentious, thickly European filmmaker, the guy has two Palme D’ors to his name.
“Amour” is a little nicer then the director’s usual fair. The…
And thus, this completes my Haneke marathon. I won't try to express my thoughts on this, other than say I thought it was great. I will say though, if I have a TOP-X list of filmmakers (which I don't) - he is most definitely up there. Maybe that one day may change once time passes and I have time to think more and more about his films, or when I rewatch them. But for now, I like his clinical, observant approach to filmmaking where nothing is spoonfed to you and you are left interpreting the meaning of what you saw.
Cannes '12 capsule. "I've already made Funny Games twice. What realms of sadism are there left to explore?" "What if you illustrated the ravages of time using the stars of Hiroshima, Mon Amour and The Conformist?" "Sayyyy...."
Another Haneke masterpiece. This movie is absolutely amazing, and features some of the best acting I've ever seen. Everything about it is perfect and you owe it to yourself to watch this movie right now. Not easy to sit through, but rewarding in its own ways.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…