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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…
So first of all, terrific performances, I can't deny that. Great direction and good script too, really interesting idea. The problem I had with this movie was that it was always the same boring thing. Each scene is almost the same thing. While I enjoyed the first 40 minutes... the rest not that much. The last 20 minutes were especially very long to me (that damn pigeon scene). Another thing that annoyed me a lot is how the characters are always apologizing. I know it's really a weird thing to focus on, and I don't count this as a negative point of the movie; but almost every dialogue between Georges and Anne would end with one saying "I'm sorry" and…
Film #26 of April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #19. A film nominated for a Cesar Award for Best Film or Best Foreign Film
Well I'm severely depressed now, fuck.
Beautiful and harrowing.
Prachtige film van Haneke. Ik had reeds de intro al gezien toen ik jonger was, net zoals het einde met de duif. Maar nooit de volledige film. Nu dus wel en ik ben niet teleurgesteld. Ik hou van deze film omdat hij zo menselijk is en heel objectief lijkt vastgelegd te zijn. Het is het leven verteld zoals het is en net dat maakt het zo sterk. Het drukkende besef van het einde is onontkoombaar. Het is ook zo herkenbaar. Mijn oma was bedlegerig op het einde van haar leven en mijn nonkel heeft dementie. Anne is een mengeling van hen beide voor mij: mechanische uitdrukkingen van gevoelens tesamen met terugvallende motoriek. Toch blijft ze er mentaal half bij. Haar…
I still can't believe Amour got nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. Amour! Whenever I'm feeling down, I remind myself of that fact and it cheers me up instantly. Of course, then I start thinking about Amour and begin to feel sad again.
If you're a manic depressive who enjoys watching old women piss their pants then this is the movie for you.
A sad insight into the realities of old age.
I wouldnt watch it again.
From the outside it was rather surprising to see this become an oscar darling of sorts, but now that I've seen it the success almost seems inevitable. This is easily the most mainstream stylistically I've seen Haneke go with much more regular cutting and a style of empathy that lives up to the title rather then out of the primacy of humanism I'm used to from him. For me that means this packs less of a punch then his best, but also manages to skirt past his worst into a warm actor's showcase. I am not sure if the film needed its ending and tell-tale heart pigeon which makes me like it a tad bit less then the similar Dying at Grace and Still Alice, but it is an understandable turn given the emotional situation Riva and Trintignant find themselves in.
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