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…
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…
In 2011, an underrated Icelandic jewel was released. It was called Eldfjall (Volcano), a film centered around an aged man that has been distanced from his family and wants to make ammends while confronting his past. This transformation is greatly influenced by his wife, who gets considerably ill and, against the opposition of many, including his own distanced family which grows suspicious because of his suddenly benign behavior, decides to take care of her instead of putting her wife in a home for the deceased.
The conclusion the film offered was considered extremely realistic, but proportionally shocking, finding a memorable place in the minds of the audiences.
With enough time, Haneke literally remakes the film, sharing a surprising amount of…
This is what real love is about. And we get to understand it better just at its final stage.
This is a superb film and also probably the most disturbing movie I've ever seen. It is literally horrifying - and yet, it's not about supernatural monsters, aliens, or haunted houses, but about dementia, something that could happen to us all.
The two leads are so good, so alive, that one never notices any "acting." There is so much complexity in this relationship - as one falls into Alzheimer's and the other tries to keep her alive. It's really a marvel.
It's also deeply painful to watch. There are some works of art that makes life easier ("entertainments") and there are some that make it harder for us to keep on living. For me, "Amour" was one of the latter. But so, so gorgeous.
The Palme d'Or Project
I'll be perfectly honest: Amour broke me. It really did. Amour snatched my heart and shattered it into a million jagged shards. The film possesses a force so powerful, I was left in a stupor, and that's what I felt when I watched it for the first time. Re-watching it now, I can happily say that Amour has lost none of that power, in fact, I think that as I've grown, its power has increased.
Michael Haneke's films have been criticised for being too cold, too detached, too cynical, and Amour is no different. I myself have never thought that, as I believe that his films force us to watch and to feel emotions we…
Since i´m here, i never left a review for a movie but i have to say this movie was amazing! Is one of those movies that makes us think after it ends.
What would we do if this happen with us? How to react and what to do? Georges shows us an amazing courage and such a devotion towards his wife. We can see along the movie how Georges himself has a few difficulties but still, he takes care of his wife needs. The only thing that got on my nerves was their daughter who was only judging but didn´t showed any humanity like her father. Also where were their grandchildren? Not even one visit.
The ending i must say left me a bit surprise but still beautiful movie!
I have never really "got" Michael Haneke. I have found myself to be underwhelmed by his films ("Cache", "The White Ribbon") or outright hostile towards them (both versions of "Funny Games"). I have not seen a lot of his films, and I grant that many of his earlier films sound like films I would like, but I generally don't get what people see in him. This film is a marked exception. It's probably the best film I have ever seen on the topic of love. It's not about romantic love ... it's about the kind of love that develops between people over the course of long relationships. It depicts the kind of sacrifices one will unquestioningly make for someone one loves, and depicts it in a very straightforward, non-emotional manner. It should be a very tough film to watch, but it somehow isn't since Haneke steadfastly refuses to be manipulative. I think it's a masterpiece.
Beautiful movie about what happens when loved ones die.
I watched this in two chunks, just because of timing, and I spent most of the second half crying. Not weeping, just on and off leaking out of my eyes. This movie really forces you to think about the end of life and what is going to happen, has happened, to everyone.
A tough, but necessary re-watch. To clarify, Emmanuelle Riva is better than Jennifer Lawrence no matter what either actress is doing. If Riva is portraying a park bench, and J-Law is Marilyn Monroe (or whatever), Riva would still be more interesting. Anyhow, rant over. This film is directed so meticulously, it amazes me. It seems minimalist, but on second viewing, careful observation only increases by level of admiration for Haneke. There's a scene in the first ten minutes or so where Anne and George go to a concert. Haneke holds a shot on the audience for at least two minutes. You can watch each individual extra and see that they have been directed to perform a specific action, whether it's…
I was astonished seeing this movie.The scenes in this movie can be only seen in Haneke movies.From this movie,he says this is 'love'.I was impressed and hats off to Haneke.
- 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
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…