Amour changes people

19 Jan


Michael Haneke’s film Amour meaning Love, won the Palm d’Or last year because of its powerful portrayal of an elderly couple’s love for one another. The film industry often ignores subjects about the elderly, but Heneke’s personal connection to this topic makes it one of the year’s most moving films.

Retired musician teachers Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are devoted to one another.  After viewing a concert with one of their ex-students, Anne suffers the first of two strokes which paralyses her on one side of her body, and the strength of their marriage is challenged with unexpected frustrations and obstacles.

Heneke allows his actors to explore these characters through long continuous takes that reveal the subtle moments of strength through silence. Riva and Trintignant are sensational and their character’s affections will make audiences think about their own mortality. Amour is a powerful film with an emotional story that changes people right before our eyes.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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