Written August 23, 2014
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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Written August 23, 2014
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 March 07, 2013
they have to tell adults with any life experience with elderly parents what happens.
as though this were revelatory? and snotty for sure
The decaying woman was a pianist and instructor, and her husband was something of equal stature. They lived in a fine apartment in Paris. She had a stroke and one side of her body was paralyzed. The husband had to do everything, as minuate as her incontinence in bed, as he discovered when he woke up in the am and had to clean up, as they showed...what startling and eye opening revelations for the so-called intellectuals who are essentially ninnies. A main point of the story was don't make promises to the beloved never to put her or him in a hospital or home, because the afflicted one, when the time comes, will be unable to perceive most anything, and will be an incredible 24/7 burden...my gosh. i had no idea.
The camera stayed on shots interminably at times. Baaad theatah (SNL-Leonard pinth Garnell) for the pseudointellects and their lemmings
Written March 31, 2013
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Written February 23, 2013
Nominated for best picture? I suppose there are some redeeming characteristics, but I don't understand how boredom doesn't factor into film reviews. If you prefer to see a French film with English subtitles that is actually good, see Rust and Bone.