Written January 19, 2013
yawn, huh? Is this torturous movie over yet? If you like watching people read, sleep, cut meat, and trim the heads off daisies you will love this movie. Watching paint dry would be more entertaining to me!
Written February 19, 2013
Amour is a brilliant film done by a director who definitely trusts his audience. The little nuances make for some deep thought in the key spots --- just what a film-goer needs in these days of exploding car & building nonsense. Anna is dying in a most pitiful manner and there's nothing her loving husband can do for her, right? No, there is something and he does it. Of course this is a depressing film for those of us in the middle of our "golden years" --- what halfway realistic film wouldn't be? But it does what is necessary --- tell us an extremely moving story in a most elegant fashion. Kudos to the *80's plus cast members who keep us riveted to a story that only a few could make. Emmanuelle Riva is sensational; another star in her crown which began in the 50's with another gem, "Hiroshima Mon Amour." Jean-Louis Trintignant is also great, but who could compare favorably with Riva? One who can is director Michael Haneke --- if there's justice in this world he should win the Oscar.
Written January 26, 2013
Others have observed that the movie DRAGS, and this is certainly so. Too many scenes that make little sense and add nothing but head-scratching for the viewer, The acting is pretty good, though there were problems with the stroke victim scenes (if one has medical experience with same). Topic is a sensitive one and a real problem in our society, and I salute the courage to address it as the movie does. But it is way too long and too often opaque. I was disappointed.
Written January 28, 2013
This is a shockingly engrossing, sad, powerful, true story with stupendous acting by Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Isabelle Huppert. It's a tough film to watch, and to realize only later that they were acting! Also incredible is that the audience in the theater during the film's two hours was completely silent, absorbed, motionless watching the story unfold to the unexpected ending.
Written January 16, 2013
Every role, every life’s lesson prepared Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant to depict the tragic demise of “Anne” and “Georges”; a classically beautiful, harmonious marriage suffocated by horrific, debilitating circumstances...
Director and screenwriter Michael Haneke (“The White Ribbon”) uses these two inimitable actors to paint a devastating portrait of the effects of a stroke on cultured, intellectual, “Anne”, her caregiver, and devoted husband, “Georges”...
Because of its impeccable honesty this film is cuttingly painful to view; as Anne slips further from reality, sinking, trudging back to infancy; Georges’s overwhelming futility and hopelessness, confound and bludgeon the viewer with the veracity of a situation, visited upon many...
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