Amour (2012) – Encore Review

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“You are a monster sometimes.” – Anne

Number of Times Seen – 3 (31 Jan 2013, 6 Jul 2017 and 6 Aug 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An elderly couple deals with the wife’s sickness on their own without wanted any outside help.

Bottom Line – Amazing drama that works sow ell in establishing these characters and how their lives are affected by this unexpected illness. The movie is filmed from a very claustrophobic perspective which allows us to feel the tight fit of their apartment. Both Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are superb in these roles and come across so realistically the whole way through that it’s so easy to believe the love of their characters that has lasted decades. The story is quite gripping and powerful to watch the whole way through. The way that the story unfolds is so fascinating to watch because these characters can easily be anyone’s parent or grandparent and the stubbornness feels so genuine the entire time. Very deserving of Best Foreign language Film at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, BAFTA and it also won the Palme D’or at Cannes that year.  This movie also has the distinction of being one of only 9 foreign language films to also be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars even if it didn’t manage to win.  The story is all about true love and is so poignant and powerful in its message about loving someone no matter what happens to them. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Existing Cannes Festival rules preclude the possibility of one film winning multiple awards. Hence, Amour won only one single award at Cannes 2012, the Palme D’or, in spite of the jury deeming it worthy of other awards as well. Jury President Nanni Moretti later told director Michael Haneke that had it only been up to him, he would have awarded the film not just the Palme D’or, but Best Actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant, Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva and Best Director and Best Screenplay to Michael Haneke. Ironically, Michael Haneke himself was responsible for getting the rules changes allowing one film to win only one major award when in 2001, his film The Piano Teacher (2001) won 3 major awards at the Cannes Film Festival of that year – the Grand Jury Prize, Best Actress and Best Actor. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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