Written June 25, 2016
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 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 May 03, 2016
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 May 25, 2016
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.