Thursday, January 31, 2013


My thoughts, reflections and predictions for...

Director: Michael Haneke
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert

DIRECTING - Michael Haneke

Amour, amour, amour. Incroyable amour. 

So many movies are about the starting stages of love--when people are young, naive, and ready to start the rest of their lives with someone. These movies are really easy to watch because who doesn't enjoy young love! We love the story that can end with happily ever after, stopping it before things get hard or age starts to take its toll. But eventually, those young lovers will become an old married couple. And this movie shows how that love is still very, very beautiful. Amour is the story of a couple who have lived long lives and loved each other for a very long time. When the wife, Anne, has a stroke, we see exactly how that love brings them all the way to the end. 

This movie takes place solely in the couple's apartment. And for the majority of the film, the only actors on screen are the husband and wife. We watch as Anne's stroke takes its toll on her. How she despises being helpless. And we watch how it affects Georges. His love for his wife makes him strive to make her better, to promise her that he won't put her in a hospital, and to ultimately have to know when it is time to let her go. 

When we walked out of the theatre, I was asked if I liked the movie. This is a typical question. And the response I gave was, I liked it in the way that you like a movie such as this. That is to say, the way you like a movie that becomes an Oscar Nominated Film. Most of them are just real stories of people. And the reality is that real life isn't as easy to watch as an action adventure or rom com. Movies like this won't make millions of dollars at the box office, but they will get award nominations. 

This is a hard movie yet very beautiful. And it was particularly beautiful as some scenes just reminded me so much of my own grandparents -- both sets. The way they love each other and care for each other through the good, the bad, the hard and the really hard. My grandparents are amazing examples of the vows they made on their wedding days, 60+ years ago, "to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health."

Amour is not necessarily an enjoyable movie to spend a Saturday afternoon watching, but it is a worthwhile movie to see.

Predictions: Best foreign language film.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with every word. It reminded me of your grandparents, too. Can't wait for our Oscars Party!!


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