Amour (2012) Film Review


The film starts with an apartment being broken into and the discovery of a dead woman laying on the bed. It is clear she has been dead for some time. Then, we are taken back a few weeks, months, years. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are an elderly couple living in Paris when Anne is suddenly struck ill. It is a stroke, and her movement is severely limited. She makes Georges promise that he will not send her to a hospital, but as she becomes less able to move and communicate, Georges has decisions to make.

It is a truly beautiful that tells a difficult and extremely painful story. The film focuses on much of the minutiae which makes up their everyday lives; the difficulty in removing a bird that has accidentally flown in through an open window or the calm stories that Georges tells. I’ve avoided watching it for a long time knowing it would be a difficult watch, however it was not as traumatic as I’d imaged. Not that it was an easy film; just that it is told in a way that I could identify the pain without having to feel it myself.

Amour won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and was nominated for Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Emanuelle Riva), Best Achievement in Directing (Micahel Haneke) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Michael Haneke).

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