Focusing on the lives of an elderly couple and the strain their relationship undergoes after one of them suffers a mild stroke, AMOUR is one of the most powerfully moving, emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made. From one of, if not the greatest director working today â MICHAEL HANEKE. Winner of the 2012 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The story follows Anne's last months after she has two minor strokes. The performances, especially Emmanuelle Riva's are extraordinary, but what is most note-worthy is Michael Haneke's unflinching technique of delivering such a powerful and emotional story. Tears have no place in Amour, unless they're out of Anne's frustration. The story is almost too straightforward, not spoon-feeding the watcher, allowing them to contribute their own emotions and thus forming that viewing experience that is so rare to achieve - no doubt a strong reason behind the film's many nominations and awards. (However, I thought the metaphor of setting the pigeon free in the end was perhaps a cliche the director made as a concession to the mass audience at the expense of the critics).
The soundtrack - composed by French pianist Alexandre Tharaud who star-guests in the movie as Georges' and Anne's piano student - is nothing short of superb.
The chattering reviewers in newspapers have waxed lyrical about this film and I must say that I agree. However, it is not easy going and one must be prepared for some serious film viewing. It is an interesting story of terminal love but for me the highlight was the cameo portrait of the bossy daughter.