Dec 23, 2012

Amour [2012]


Amour is a French film, winner of Palme D'or in Cannes this year. Directed and written  by Michael Haneke, the movie is close to a masterpiece, with its subtle performances, emotional story and wonderful direction.

Amour has a touching script, a sad, often desperate and lonely script that makes this movie ten times more effective and beautiful than it already is. It tells the story of an old couple who have to fight with the sudden illness of Anne, the wife, whilst Georges takes care of her the best way he can. It features funny moments, but also melancholic ones and sad ones and desperate ones, all mixed with normal, sometimes boring scenes like a guy waiting or a woman cleaning the house. That being said, I don't think the screenplay was one of the film's strong points- it had very few moments of action, but a number of intense ones; it was, however, immensely helped by the performances, but more about that later.

Number two on my favourites list of Amour was the wonderful direction. I love Haneke's style-it's so simple, a little peculiar at places, but beautiful and interesting to watch, with rarely any close-ups, just only in the important moments. There was no music or score, and that made even more bleak than it already was, but it was nice to hear only classical, piano songs when it was needed.

Number one on my favourite list of this movie was the acting. Many have raved about Emmanuelle Riva and her portrayal of Anne, the sick woman, whose condition worsens over time, but my heart went to Jean-Louis Trintignant , the man playing the husband. His performance was heartbreaking, realistic and interesting, and in my opinion, his part was much harder than Riva; it had so many small details and little expressions that offered ten times more to the audience than a phrase would. I loved how he played the old man who was so in love with his wife, that he would do any usually embarrassing thing in order to keep her happy and safe- he took care of her better than most nurses would, but her sufferance forced him to darker things and, as weird as it may sound, I understood him and why he did what he did.

The ending was incredibly subtle and mysterious- was it Haneke's way of showing us he followed her into a new place? Has his guilt and sorrow overtaken his sense of reality? Maybe, and it was a very moving scene, as ordinary as it seemed. I would have much preferred this to the actual last scene with the daughter.

Amour is a stunning movie that deserves attention, but not as incredibly emotional as advertised. It's very well acted and interestingly directed, but its bleak course of action cuts some of its high points. Still, I highly recommend it, especially to film lovers.

8 comments:

  1. THERE WERE FUNNY MOMENTS IN THIS?! :O WHERE?

    Really well-written review Diana. I could watch this film objectively at all, but the direction and acting was indeed wonderful. It was just so overly real. I don't know if I like my films being this real.

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    1. I distinctively remember a scene being funny, but can't pinpoint now, maybe it just made me smile. I do get what you're saying with it being overly real- it was

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  2. Loved this movie. Currently my favourite of the year so far. Like you I didn't cry either but I was completely taken. Yes, it is maybe too real but I ain't complaining. I would've if it wasn't. I also agree that story takes a little bit backstep in this movie but I think that was a conscious decision. Loved both Riva and Trintignant in it.

    As for the funny moment, I did have a laugh when Anne is trying her new wheelchair and tries to run George over with it. :)

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    1. Yeah, that bit was funny. Good to see we share the opinion!

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  3. It's a very, emotionally-draining watch but is still amazing to watch due to the performances from the two leads, and Haneke's very subtle, but lovely direction that just lets it all be told in a simple, real-life way. Good review Diana.

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  4. Wonderful review! I'm a fan of Haneke's work, so I can't wait to see this.

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