Written February 20, 2013
I positively enjoyed this movie to no end. I went into the film having little to no idea what this movie was about, but I left the theatre amazed at what I had just seen. Emmanuelle Riva is nominated for Best Actress for a reason, she hauntingly portrays an elderly woman struggling with deteriorating health as Jean-Louis Trintingnant plays her husband struggling to take care of the love of his life as he watches her slowly head towards death. The story is slow, but I feel that contributes to understanding the plight of the main characters, and the cinematography is highly ingenious. I wouldn't recommend this film for anyone under the age of 15 really, it's very emotionally draining, but if you're willing to struggle through this immensely tough topic it's absolutely worth it.
Written February 03, 2013
Maybe too "real life", this sad but touching look at one couple's journey as it nears the end. Very captivating story about how the husband cares for and struggles with his wife's situation after a series of strokes amidst the input of the couple 2 children. This is a movie about things no one ever wants to talk about.
Written July 28, 2014
The story is touching and the acting is excellent. However, the movie is way too long and at times boring. It would have been much better if they had cut out at least half an hour.
Written January 28, 2013
I was looking forward to seeing this movie because of all the good reviews it had gotten. I was so disappointed because the movie was tortorously slow, boring and extremely depressing. The acting was very good, that part is true. But if you had to watch the sad and humiliating demise of a person in real life, then here's a chance to see it all over again. So if you want to be bored and depressed, here's a good movie for you.
Written September 03, 2014
This is my third Haneke film and by far my favorite. Cinematically, it's perfect. Narrative stripped down to its emotional core. No waste, nothing extraneous, although there are several wonderous moments of relief/ escape-- when the camera scans the content of several bucolic canvases on their walls, for example-- from the drama taking place in Anne and George's apartment. At the same time, I was struck by the film's insights into some of the most difficult emotional experiences we face. I felt I gained a new understanding of my late parents' end-of-life difficulties and decisions. On that level, this is a movie everyone should see, not just cinephiles or foreign film buffs.