Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva
This is the poignant story of Georges and Anne, an elderly married couple whose world is shattered when tragedy strikes. Anne has a stroke and Georges promises that he won't send her to a "special home". She wishes to die now, so as to save them both from further grief, but Georges disregards the notion until she has a 2nd stroke which reduces her quality of life and strips her of her dignity.
Amour is a very depressing and at times soul destroying film. It's about a strong human bond and of an eternal love which will be tested. Leaving the theatre, the audience will ponder over the highly debatable topic of euthanasia. Is it wrong for someone to "murder" a loved one when their quality of life is nonexistent or should they just sit by and watch them painfully wither away? This film also brings a new depth to the marriage vow: "In sickness and in health, til death do us part".
Incredibly the majority of this French spoken movie was filmed in one apartment & doesn't have a musical score, both features of which enhance the feeling of gloom & desperation. The director has effectively opted to film lengthy scenes without any camera movements, just placing a camera on a table & filming for many minutes at a time. Performances were brilliant & Emmanuelle received an Academy Award nomination for her astounding portrayal of Anne. Winning the 2013 Best Foreign Film award, this is another remarkable & beautifully filmed foreign movie which deserves all the fanfare it has received. Highly recommended. JAKE