December 06, 2012

Amour (2012)

Amour (2012)
Directed by: Michael Haneke
Country: France / others

Review: Getting old and sick can be frightful. Michael Haneke shows exactly that with “Amour” – the deserved winner of this year’s Palme D’Or in Cannes. It is amazing how Haneke could make such an intense movie with so little (almost totally shot from inside a house with basically three actors). The bitterness felt for being a burden is very alive in the film, as well as the transformations that can occur on the person who commits to take care of the one in need, regardless of their closeness. The story goes through moments of intimacy, caring and patience, changing unexpectedly to coldness, irritation and aggression. The last 30 minutes were both brutal and poetic, and certainly will affect your mind, shake your feelings and cause you unease. Trintignant and Riva were splendid, in another masterpiece from a genius filmmaker.
Relevant awards: Cannes; European Film awards.

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