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5.0 out of 5 stars a devastating and compassionate portrayal, 28 Jan 2013
This review is from: Amour [DVD] (DVD)
As others have said, this is a very moving film, and takes us into an area I haven't seen focused on like this in any other film. I had feared it would be too harrowing to watch, but the bond between the couple, which felt as though it had existed for many years as the director intended, and the devotion shown by the Trintignant character towards his wife, made me feel the value of life and love very strongly; and that it was a film that has to be seen, really. It is a noble example of the art of cinema, conveying a sense of dignity and the deepest caring. Michael Haneke's usually dispassionate style here has the unexpected effect of making it more affecting; by refusing all sentimentality he creates something that is very moving while never giving us more - or less - than the truth. It seems to go so much further than words can express, and much of the emotion of the film remains mute. Music is also present as a consolation, even if one that is rejected by the wife at a certain point, puzzlingly. Nevertheless the husband continues to take solace in it, imagining his wife's playing before she fell ill. The flat itself also has an amazing resonance, seeming to represent the years spent together, and being a refuge of sorts for Anne, even though, of course, this can only go so far. But her clear aversion to going back into hospital allows us to sense this, as well as her feeling the overriding desire to be near Georges in her hour of need. You can only hope that she feels less alone than her confinement in her body implies, but ultimately this is unknowable. The film points up a number of paradoxes and questions of this sort, but lightly - it is always concerned mainly with love and suffering. You also feel what a noble art acting is - the bravery of the two leads is quite extraordinary, using their amazing skill to show us this most important reality that some people of their age go through. Emmanuelle Riva is astonishing in this regard - as her character loses the power of speech, she still manages to convey so much through her expressions and her eyes in particular. To empathise to that degree with what the character is going through - with the loss of dignity she feels - is an extraordinary feat. I don't imagine anyone could see this film without being profoundly affected.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2013 01:07:28 BDT
Katia Oli says:
Are there extras? Tks!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2013 22:03:24 BDT
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Posted on 11 Jun 2013 22:06:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2013 22:13:26 BDT
schumann_bg says:
There are 4 extras: an introduction by Philippe Rouyer, co-author of "Haneke by Haneke", The Making of Amour, Jean-Louis Trintignant talks about Amour, and the theatrical trailer.

Posted on 10 Jul 2013 10:50:34 BDT
Simon Treves says:
Superb and accurate review. Particularly pleased you mentioned the transcendent acting. Michael Haneke is a superb director of actors.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 15:34:17 BDT
schumann_bg says:
Thank you! I wish they'd release Therese Desqueyroux with Emmanuelle Riva in the title role - it was a great performance but the film seems to be all but forgotten, sadly.
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