Movie Review: Amour is heartbreakingly powerful

  • Amour is a French drama written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke.

    Amour is a French drama written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert.

  • The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Palme d'Or.

    The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Palme d'Or.

  • The daughter comes back.

    The daughter comes back.

  • The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges.

    The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad.

  • Subtle humour.

    Subtle humour.

  • At the age of 85, Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest nominee for the Best Actress in a Leading Role.

    At the age of 85, Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest nominee for the Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Film: Amour
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert


One might think about what kind of romance to expect out of a couple in their eighties, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke answers for us with Amour- his film about life, love and ageing that has been lauded for its powerful and gripping tale by critics worldwide.

Amour has already fared extremly well at the box office overseas though it's success can be measured by the fact that it was named the best foreign film at the coveted Oscars and crowned with the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes, other than sweeping several awards on other international cinematic platforms.

The film about a french couple Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), who are retired music teachers, married for over half a century and how they deal with the complications of ageing when their bond is put to test.

Haneke's film has been lauded for its cinematic brilliance and captivating storyline, generating mostly common reviews from critics who have labeled it as an 'unmissable love story of the aged.'

Washington Post's Ann Hornaday labeled Amour as: "A movie that is utterly worthy of its all-encompassing title."

Time Entertainment's Mary Corliss reviewed: "Whatever his (Haneke) message, the spell of this incandescent film will be an elevating memory. In the history of movies about love, Amour shall last forever."

The New Yorker wrote about master storyteller Haneke: "He likes to shock, it’s true, but his serious engagement with fundamental questions gives his work a bracing quality that links it less to the work of his contemporaries than to that of an earlier generation of auteurs."

French cinema titans Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant also got applauded for their power packed performance as the ageing Parisian couple who leave the audience harrowed by the their love story.

"With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heartwrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility," was the comment on Rotten Tomatoes.

Echoing on the same lines, Thomas Caldwell at Cinema Autopsy wrote :"the scenario is upsetting, but the execution is genuine and pure, making Amour a film of heartbreaking beauty and Haneke's masterpiece."

TimeOut's Dave Calhoun gave 5/5 stars to the film saying "Amour is a staggering, highly intelligent and astonishingly performed work. It’s a masterpiece."

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw said "a moving, terrifying and uncompromising drama of extraordinary intimacy and intelligence."

Warning the audience the New York Times said, "Bring hankies. This is a film that will make you weep not only because life ends but also because it blooms."

 

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