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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…
Several hours of pencil fight with the shots of the outside corridor surrounding the apartment. That flooded corridor in George’s bad dream is too long. Truth is the apartment is fictional and especially built for the film. Clue: looked from the inside, main facade windows are not lined in rhythmic order, which is weird for this type of classic Paris architecture (openings are arrayed in a row just for the drawing).
i don't want to grow old
"As coisas vão continuar, e então um dia tudo estará acabado."
Amo esse filme, é lindo e sempre me emociono e jamais conseguiria fazer uma boa review pra ele. Apenas assista!!!
Such a good movie by director Michael Haneke. Simple story, but well put to the screen. Just the right touch of emotions. It felt real. Great performances by everybody, especially the two lead characters. From the cinematography to the sound editing, everything is just right on. Depressing but beautiful at the same time.
I want to die
I was going to wait until I gave it a second watch, but now that I've let it sink in i little, I'm ready to review this.
"Amour" is my introduction to Micheal Haneke. I had other opportunities to watch his other films but passed them by, not out of spite or uninterest, but fear that I would be in the wrong mood to watch them and misread them. All I knew about Haneke was that his films are harsh and unsentimental and won't please everyone. I made a foolish decision to watch "Amour" first, thinking it would be the softest of his films based on the plot summary.
This is not like most PG-13 films where mature subject matter…
As I was watching Amour, one major thing struck me -- we never see people of this age (I'm guessing both actors were in their 80s) in movies, and we especially don't see older people playing roles that treat them as well-rounded people and not the stereotypical wise old sages or helpless objects with no true characteristics. This made me really appreciate the way Haneke treated both of the main characters. Beyond the boundaries of the film's story, I feel like Anne's deteriorating state can be analyzed in the context of how older people are treated in modern society as a whole -- Anne is increasingly treated as an object in her deteriorating state after we see her have such…
I can't possibly review this without coming off as a pretentious slob who doesn't know what he's talking about. This was absolutely heart-wrenching to watch. I may not be mature or old enough to truly appreciate it, but I can certainly understand its themes and appreciate its true artistry. Michael Haneke is a genius, a true master of his craft. A tough watch indeed, but an essential and necessary one.
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