Written April 30, 2017
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 May 24, 2017
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 October 28, 2016
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 February 06, 2016
there is not a trace of artistic ego in this movie. it is the simplist story imaginable, and as simply told. the craftspeople are invisible and all that is left are the glistening bones of love's ordinariness. this movie is about the type of respect, without which, the discussion of love is moot. anna and george respect each other from a place that makes possible duty and service that asks nothing for itself.
as a viewer looking over the shoulder of these creator's magnificent effort, i have never felt more deeply respected. what is not said or done in this movie, in the end, is actually more important than what is left. the unfilled silence, the immovable camera trust me to stay, to not turn away. this is not entertainment. this is education from a place that few of have the priviledge to visit, and when we do, usually miss. this is what happens when masters stumble into their own masterpieces as astonished as we. all that is left is beholding.
Written August 27, 2016
I now see what the AMPAS sees in this movie to merit a Best Picture nomination. "Amour" is subtle, simple and smartly crafted to be perceived on any wavelength whether you are a fan of the art-house style of movie-making or not. Michael Haneke deserves his Best Director and Screenplay nomination for his vision of this heart-achingly poignant drama about two old souls who venture down a painful twilight of their lives together. Jean-Louis Trintignant is amazing as Georges and Emmanuelle Riva is stupendous as Anne. "Amour" is a film that spotlights what love is really all about. Bravo!