Amour is as heartbreaking as it is brilliant. Michael Haneke’s
masterpiece approaches a very real life situation that is so tragic that
it is often taboo for how saddening it is. Georges (Jean-Louis
Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are a couple in their eighties
who are now retired music teachers. Their idyllic lives in Paris are
turned upside down when Anne suffers from a stroke that leaves her
paralysed on one side. As her health starts to dramatically deteriorate
both physically and mentally, their relationship changes and their love
Amour couldn’t be anything but a masterpiece considering it was the
winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards earlier this
year and also the winner of the Palm d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film
Festival. Haneke’s film is just wonderful, but a harsh lesson in our
mortality. It stirs within you some sad truths that we will all have to
face one day and how nobody is immune to what is to come before the end.
Amour looks at how love can change in these harsh circumstances.
The script is very beautiful, as it contains all the frustrations of the
situation but doesn’t forget that these frustrations are all brought on
by a very powerful lifelong love. The ending of the film is almost
startling, but really quite perfect.
Haneke’s direction is just beautiful. Apart from one scene at the very
beginning, the whole film takes place inside the couples Parisian
apartment. However, as a member of the film’s audience you do not become
bored of being in the same place the whole film. Haneke finds a way to
make every scene feel different than the last with different lighting
and different positioning of the actors in each scene. You feel like you
know the apartment as if it was your own by the end of the film, but not
once are you sick of being in it.
Amour is predominantly a two person film as the movie revolves
around Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva’s characters.
Trintignant is wonderful as Georges. What is particularly wonderful
about his performance is how his character changes throughout the film.
With his wife’s decline in health, you gradually see the person who he
is wearing down as well, Scene by scene he loses more of his spark for
life and gradually gets more and more worn out by love and life.
Emmanuelle Riva is absolutely superb as Anne. While her body wears out,
Riva says so much more with her facial expressions than her paralysed
and deteriorating body could ever say. She commands the viewer’s
sympathy at all times and you feel as attached to Anne as Georges does.
are three blu-ray featurettes which give an insight into the making of
Amour. These are really beautiful as Amour is quite
different from other films as the two main characters are both in the
eighties. They both have incredible stories to tell in regards their
experience on the film and watching Michael Haneke at work is an