Amour (2012)


“Things will go on, and then one day it will all be over. ” – Georges

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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6 thoughts on “Amour (2012)

  1. I suppose this qualifies as “Oscar Worthy” because it was in fact Oscar nominated, but other than that, we are diametrically opposed on this one. If the scene with the old man trying to throw a towel over the pigeon that had flown into his flat had gone on for one more second – I was going to find something sharp and open a vein. In a contest to see which was more exciting – this movie would place 2nd to watching paint dry. Third behind watching grass grow. I am STUNNED that you were able to sit through it a second time. Was it some kind of a punishment?

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    • I remember this film as a sure cure for insomnia. It reminded me of the film of John & Yoko in bed sleeping. Nothing happens and it took forever even for that. If you turned the camera around and pointed it at the audience – you could watch yourself sleep. The only other film I can recall having as viscerally a somnabulent reaction on me (although it kept me awake because I was actively cursing at the screen and throwing f-bombs – watching it at home on DVD – I wouldn’t do that at a theater – I’d get up and walk out first) was SOMEWHERE by Sofia Coppola. Should’ve been retitled NOWHERE, because that’s where it goes. In circles. Til it (literally) runs out of gas.

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