Written October 28, 2016
This movie is not for everyone. No one wants to experience a long debilitating illness or put a loved one through the caring of someone with such an illness, yet in reality, this is a recurring scenario for many. The beauty of this movie is the love that carries through to the end for this couple. The acting was superb. The director did a great job by keeping everything simple and slow. This is a snapshot of this couple's lives. Without showing flashbacks to fill in their earlier lives, the director and actors made it clear this was a marriage of love, affection, passion, trust, and dignity.
Written May 05, 2016
This was an amazing and tender and accurate portrayal of love and loss - the ultimate loss after a lifetime of love. I just went through this -- my husband died of lymphoma last August. The opposite end of the spectrum of movies like Django. Go see it and take in the beauty.
Written February 22, 2017
Perhaps it's because I live this movie to a certain extent with my 90 year old father who has Alzheimers but I don't get the hoopla surrounding this. I can only think that the people praising it have not personally taken care of someone as the husband did for his wife. Besides that however, I found it annoyingly slow...I just don't need to watch boring scenes that have absolutely nothing to do with the movie, i.e., watching someone trying to catch a pidgeon or methodically cutting off the tops of flowers.
That being said, the acting of Trintignant and Riva (especially Riva) was fabulous but oh how I wish the story line had more depth. I did appreciate the inclusion of what it's like when other people that don't help with the care adamantly suggesting a course of action. All in all, a typical French abstract BS for the most part.
Written August 30, 2016
I don't know why this movie is getting any awards attention and certainly do not get why Riva is getting even any oscar talk but be prepared to watch 2 hours of two people in a room where nothing happens and just the mundane aspects of taking care of a loved one is done to great length and detail. Ugh, one of the worst movie experiences
Written January 22, 2017
Yes, I was hoping for a 2 hour glance into others lives, albeit happy or sad. My experience was painfully slow, depressing and I did not feel I went away from this experience a more full and realized person. It was shocking and I cannot believe the film is receiving as much praise as it has been. Yes, the acting was phenomenal, no doubt. I love the French language, the beautiful apartment, though, run down. I am stunned at the amount of praise for this very bland, dull and depressing film.