All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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…
I have no idea where to begin. No idea what to say. No idea how to say anything. Nearly two years ago now, I saw Michael Haneke's film Cache and from the moment it started, I was spellbound. Hooked on Haneke. I gradually began to seek out more of his work until I had seen every feature. The Seventh Continent, Code Unknown, Cache and The White Ribbon garnered perfect, 10/10 ratings. His other films I also hold in very high regard.
Then along came Amour. It didn't come from nowhere. I knew Haneke was working on it for a while, and I followed its progress eagerly. Finally it had its premiere at Cannes, and was met with enormous critical praise…
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One of the difficulties in writing about Michael Haneke's Amour is how badly I want to classify it as a horror film. I know it isn't--even if Haneke does his damndest to make you think so throughout the first act--but the creeping, unshakeable dread that slowly bores into your psyche as you watch works on the same level as so many great scary movies.
Yet, where most horror flicks focus on ordinary people placed in extraordinary situations, the subversive terror of Amour comes from the commonality of it all. This film frightens because it happens to everyone, in one way or another. We all see our loved ones grow old, we all see sickness and age strip away the strength…
One doesn't have to watch many Michael Haneke films in order to realize that the extremely slow pace Amour has is far from being an accident. This movie was painful to watch because it deals with some serious and powerful issues which are approached in a way that I can't say whether it was too impersonal or too personal. What I mean is that whether it was because my heart turned to stone while watching it or because the movie was not emotionally strong enough, I wasn't moved much by what was going on.
Amour is sometimes too dull and repetitive. It feels extremely cold, intense, and dense. It is Haneke's style and personality as a filmmaker what determined the…
I expected more but the lingering scenes did capture the feeling better than most other films on the subject.
"You're a monster sometimes, but very kind."
Esperei até o final do filme para chorar, como muitos comentários e muitas críticas que li a respeito desse filme, mas não aconteceu, porém atuações são impecáveis, principalmente da Emmanuelle Riva, mas não acho que Amour seja uma história de amor.
When I first saw it:
Oh my god. This film is astonishing, managing to be at once both heartbreaking and beautiful, filled with love and unbearably sad. Georges and Anne, a loving elderly Parisian couple, must each in their own way confront the depths and limits of their love when Anne gets ill, growing increasingly incapable of doing anything for herself. Anne's slow decline, and Georges' efforts to help her however he can, are documented with painful clarity. Trintignant and Riva give two of the great cinematic performances as the couple doomed by time, and Haneke (who I often find too cold) finds moments of warmth and beauty that, because of the context, are just absolutely fucking shattering. This is…
I gave this 5 stars the first time I saw it... Regardless it still had a profound effect on me. So inherently cruel.. life is.
an emotionally challenging film, especially when haeneke allows dreams to inform the sentimentality and fears of the characters, one that portrays Trintignant imagining his wife playing piano hit me specifically hard. not exactly a feel good movie, but it asks the type of hard questions that most every couple must eventually face .
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- 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.…