Number of Times Seen – 2 (31 Jan 2013 and 6 Jul 2017)
Brief Synopsis – An elderly couple together for many years must deal with the fact that one of them is getting sick.
My Take on it – This is the final of the 9 Foreign language Oscar Best Picture nominees for me to review despite having originally seen it before 5 of the others.
This film is a true love story and it doesn’t matter what language it is in because the emotional love springs forth in just about every scene.
Director Michael Heneke chose a great story to show us and presents it in such a powerful way.
The set is quite claustrophobic but that helps give us such an intimate view of the whole situation; we see the apartment from the same viewpoint that this couple does which can be construed as a sort of prison along with their own aging bodies.
The love between these characters is quite realistic and effective and we can easily believe that they have been together for many years and their routines together are so familiar to one another.
The main idea of this film deals with the theme of how we all get older and are aware that one day we or our loved one will be the first to get ill and how does one deal with that idea.
Both Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant are superb here as the couple because they are able to give us the feeling that it all is so real and happening right before us.
Their love comes across as extremely genuine and we can feel for them as thing begin to spiral downward.
Bottom Line – Amazing way to tell such a powerful story. The claustrophobic way that this is shot makes us feel as if we too are trapped in their small apartment watching things slowly spiral downward. The love between the two characters is so effective on screen and we truly believe that they have been together for so long and are willing to do anything for one another. This film deals with the idea that as we all get older, the end is inevitable but the question is how and when we will get there and what happens to our closest companions as this happens. Riva and Trintignant are both superb here because they make it all seem and feel so real. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Not a word of the script was changed during production. The film was shot exactly as it was written, word for word. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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