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…
Brb, crying inside now.
the definition of "too real"
Till Death Do Us Part
Aburrida, revolotea alrededor de los tópicos más grandes acerca de la existencia.
Una obra poderosisima sobre el verdadero amor, no el de tontos adolescentes rebeldes, ni el de una pareja en situaciones especiales (como estar metidos en un barco hundiéndose o en medio de una guerra), no, esto se trata del amor real que pueden sentir dos ancianos que han pasado toda su vida juntos y tienen que enfrentarse con toda la valentía posible a los terribles y duros avatares de la cotidianidad. Los actores soberbios.
No soy muy experto en la obra de Haneke pero aquí para mi ha dado en el clavo.
(ένα παλιότερο κείμενο, γραμμένο όταν περνούσα συνέντευξη από γνωστό κινηματογραφικό περιοδικό - τη δουλειά δεν την πήρα)
Η υπόθεση της νέας ταινίας του Μίκαελ Χάνεκε δείχνει πολύ απλή – υπερβολικά απλή. Η Αν και ο Ζορζ, ένα ζευγάρι ογδοντάρηδων δασκάλων πιάνου, συνταξιούχων πλέον, ζουν μια ήρεμη ζωή στο διαμέρισμά τους στο Παρίσι. Η ζωή τους κυλά ήσυχα, χωρίς κανένα ιδιαίτερο πρόβλημα. Η κόρη τους είναι παντρεμένη και ζει μόνιμα στο εξωτερικό κι οι ίδιοι έχουν όλον τον ελεύθερο χρόνο να ακούσουν μουσική και να πάνε σε συναυλίες. Μια μέρα, όμως, εκεί που παίρνουν το πρωινό τους, η Αν χάνει για μερικά λεπτά την επαφή με το περιβάλλον. Όταν επανέρχεται, δεν έχει καμιά ανάμνηση της διάλειψης, αλλά ο Ζορζ έχει θορυβηθεί.…
I know this is Haneke we're talking about, but I was hoping for something a bit less detached. He suppresses any of those heartfelt moments intended for tearjerking that best picture nominees are known for. Even when there's a chance for them to show up, he quickly cuts to the next scene, as though he's running away from any attempt at grabbing our emotions. It feels as though the intent is for us to be stoic observers of a relationship and its struggle without the need to pursue a relatable or compassionate clincher. This is a thing that happened, and we're watching it in the way it happens.
Obviously, the depressing nature of what's at play is going to render…
Amour is a beautiful film that I think everyone should see, because I honestly can’t recall another movie right now that truly captures the essence of what love actually is as well this does. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva give superb performances as George and Anne – a couple in their eighties, tested after Anne has several strokes. Emmanuelle Riva’s performance as Anne is just heartbreaking as a person desperately holding on to her dignity as her body and mind fail her. Jean-Louis Trintignant is equally as good as her caregiver and protector.
Michael Haneke’s direction is unfussy and straight forward. Allowing for very little movement of the camera to let the actors settle and breathe real life into their…
It's this point in time where one incident will change your life as you know it for good and the scary thing is that it can happen to any of us ... an incident that made love and hatred the smae thing
- 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!
- 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.…