Amour 2012 PG-13 CC

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A touching tale of loving couple whose unbreakable bonds of marriage are tested by life?s greatest challenge.

Starring:
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emanuelle Riva
Runtime:
2 hours 8 minutes

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Amour

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Genres Drama, Romance, International
Director Michael Haneke
Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emanuelle Riva
Supporting actors Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell, Ramón Agirre, Rita Blanco, Carole Franck, Dinara Drukarova, Laurent Capelluto, Jean-Michel Monroc, Suzanne Schmidt, Damien Jouillerot, Walid Afkir
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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100 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on January 2, 2013
Format: DVD
AMOUR is one of those films that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. The plot is straightforward: an elderly man looks after his wife after a stroke and finds that he just cannot cope. Director Michael Haneke constructs the film as a character-study of old age; looking at how people of that vintage think in a different way, as opposed to their offspring. Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) decides at the end of her life to check out; her husband (Jean-Louis Tritingnant, in a memorable performance) tries in vain to keep her alive. For anyone who had had the experience of being a carer, the film has painful resonances. Director Michael Haneke's filming is just brilliant; the use of long takes, wordless sequences (in which the only sounds we hear are the creak of floorboards, or the flapping of bird-wings) sums up the elderly couple's lives. The film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival; it is easily the best I've seen in 2012.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2013
Format: DVD
note: Emmanuelle Riva was nominated for the Oscar shortly after I wrote this review. She is the female lead, pictured, and as a young woman was the lead in HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, a foreign film classic.

I can't say this depressed me. However, I must warn you that this may happen to a viewer. This is not an easy film to watch. It involves a married couple in old age. She has a stroke which is very disabling. She lives at home with him and he tries to handle it. But she keeps getting worse. This movie is about the end for them. They are a couple who have been in love their whole lives. They had a complete life together. They have a grown daughter. You see early pictures of them and they were beautiful. Plus we know they are talented and affluent. All of that makes no difference when old age and last illnesses set in. It is a long spiral down and as the husband says to the daughter,"it is very bad, it will only get worse and then it will be over." that is the film.

I have been through this with various family members who lived into their eighties and nineties and then got strokes and alzheimer's. watching this is hell. but his love for her is complete as she begins and progresses along the descent.

I frankly found it very engrossing and the acting is out of this world. These do not even seem like actors it is so life like.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P. Sorensen on March 19, 2013
Format: DVD
After recently losing my husband from dementia and Parkinson, I wasn't sure I could see this movie without too much pain and grief. But I LOVED it as it told my story (except for a couple of scenes that did not happen in my life) and helped me to heal my fear that I hadn't been strong enough or done enough for my love. For people that watch this movie, be prepared to watch a true depiction of life as a caregiver for someone you deeply love and learn what a terminal illness is really like. The writers of this film, the actors and the director deserve so much praise and appreciation for telling a story that many can relate to. Watching "true love" be demonstrated at it's most difficult point in a relationship in the form of compassion, understanding, patience and even exhaustion was so real I was taken back to my own situation with my husband. If honesty, insight and learning are what you love in a movie, then this is the one. I highly recommend.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Anthony B. Cline on February 23, 2013
Format: DVD
I had a very distinct experience at the theater while watching Michael Haneke's Amour. While primarily focused on the film itself, I was also paying attention to the body language of the audience. Very early on, almost immediately after the title card sits across a blank screen, there is a shot of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) waiting for a recital to begin. The way Haneke is able to bring us toward these two, even in a frame of much activity, will not be surprising to anyone who has seen a certain other film of his. But what was so eerie about this scene this time around was how it set such a tone for the story to come, how it announced from the outset that it wasn't here to hold our hand. In the theater I could hear coughing and shuffling, whispering and grumbling, and that was simultaneously what I was hearing on screen as well. Already the bodies in the crowd were stirring, perhaps wondering where the music was that would guide them emotionally through this couple's twilight. Or just hoping that the next scene or the one after that would show Georges and Anne jaunting around a scenic Paris street in a rainstorm, laughing and looking on the bright side. But that never, ever comes in this film. It employs a sort of desolate quietude early on, and it only gets quieter. More stirring ensues around me, some people looking at each other for cues that Haneke refuses to give them. Refuses at every turn.

Prepare yourself for that. We do not see this kind of restraint in modern films. We also don't see this kind of willingness to venture into the tunnel of mortality. You'd have to go back to Bergman's Cries and Whispers for a true counterpart, and even then Amour is something more distilled.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Inspiring Insomnia TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 4, 2013
Format: DVD
"Amour" opens with the police discovery of the decomposed body of an elderly French woman in her bed, surrounded by flower petals. We then get a brief flashback to the life of a cultured, sophisticated French couple, enjoying their golden years - an evening at a concert, stimulating conversation - before she suffers a stroke.

When Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) returns home from the hospital, wheelchair-bound but mentally intact, she makes her husband, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), promise to never send her back. She says there is no reason to go on living in her current state, and she does not want to be a burden on Georges. His attentiveness and solicitousness, while necessary, rankle her. A second stroke leaves Anne in much worse shape, both physically and mentally. His vow to her leaves him almost as trapped as she is, while she sinks deeper into depression and despair over her body's betrayal.

Viewers, particularly those who have experienced the heartbreak of caretaking for a loved one, will have reactions just as disparate as those expressed by the couple's family, friends, and caretakers. Some will feel admiration for a husband's unwavering dedication to his wife. Others will feel frustration at his refusal to break a promise that has caused his life to be condemned to one in which he must stand by and watch as his wife deteriorates and slowly dies. Everyone will pity the formerly vibrant woman who makes clear that she does not want to live in her bed-ridden, helpless condition, no longer able to communicate.

There's not a moment of levity in "Amour." But there are two exceptional performances by Riva and Trintignant in a film that takes place almost entirely in the confines of their apartment. This couple's experience is unfortunately not uncommon, but that does not make it any less devastating to watch.
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