Written May 03, 2016
I found the acting great; the script fair, the mood of the film depressing but real. We are all headed for that aging path and we should know what is coming. I left feeling somewhat cheated not knowing what that goofy ending meant when they left their apartment to attend the concert we saw in the openng scenes. Maybe that means what goes around comes back around. Or I wonder if it meant that George was left with only the memory of a beautiful robust Anne.
I don't think I would buy the DVD. One morbid afternoon was enough for me for a long while. In any case, I left feeling lucky to be walking out of theater, on my own two legs, toward my car and able to drive home. Even if I did not have a George waiting for me there.
Written September 03, 2015
This movie is not for everyone. No one wants to experience a long debilitating illness or put a loved one through the caring of someone with such an illness, yet in reality, this is a recurring scenario for many. The beauty of this movie is the love that carries through to the end for this couple. The acting was superb. The director did a great job by keeping everything simple and slow. This is a snapshot of this couple's lives. Without showing flashbacks to fill in their earlier lives, the director and actors made it clear this was a marriage of love, affection, passion, trust, and dignity.
Written May 27, 2016
I don't know why this movie is getting any awards attention and certainly do not get why Riva is getting even any oscar talk but be prepared to watch 2 hours of two people in a room where nothing happens and just the mundane aspects of taking care of a loved one is done to great length and detail. Ugh, one of the worst movie experiences
Written January 25, 2015
Perhaps it's because I live this movie to a certain extent with my 90 year old father who has Alzheimers but I don't get the hoopla surrounding this. I can only think that the people praising it have not personally taken care of someone as the husband did for his wife. Besides that however, I found it annoyingly slow...I just don't need to watch boring scenes that have absolutely nothing to do with the movie, i.e., watching someone trying to catch a pidgeon or methodically cutting off the tops of flowers.
That being said, the acting of Trintignant and Riva (especially Riva) was fabulous but oh how I wish the story line had more depth. I did appreciate the inclusion of what it's like when other people that don't help with the care adamantly suggesting a course of action. All in all, a typical French abstract BS for the most part.
Written October 29, 2014
Yes, I was hoping for a 2 hour glance into others lives, albeit happy or sad. My experience was painfully slow, depressing and I did not feel I went away from this experience a more full and realized person. It was shocking and I cannot believe the film is receiving as much praise as it has been. Yes, the acting was phenomenal, no doubt. I love the French language, the beautiful apartment, though, run down. I am stunned at the amount of praise for this very bland, dull and depressing film.