Written December 26, 2014
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 December 27, 2014
Honest, visceral, superbly acted. Even the apt is a character in this impeccably portrayed treatise to love in it's most challenging true-to-life mileu. Death be not proud.
Written December 25, 2014
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!
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.