Amour

Oscar winner for Best Foreign film, Amour might have been one of the most emotionally intense movies in the running this year. Yes, the story alone would be a qualifier, depicting as it does the inevitability of death in old age. But more important is how director Michael Haneke puts us face to face with that mortality. It’s a slow, methodical deterioration that puts Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) on death’s door, while her loving husband, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), wonders when enough will be enough. Can he give Anne—and himself—any comfort sooner than death will come for her? Most movies would get this wrong, hitting a melodramatic target or simply blinking in the face of such dramatic weight. Not Haneke; he’s used to playing in the deep end of the pool. And armed with these performances, Amour is nothing short of devastating.

Credits

Director:

  • Michael Haneke

Cast:

  • Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Emmanuelle Riva
  • Isabelle Huppert
  • Alexandre Tharaud
  • William Shimell
  • Ramón Agirre
  • Rita Blanco
  • Carole Franck
  • Dinara Droukarova
  • Laurent Capelluto
  • Jean-Michel Monroc

Producers:

  • Margaret Ménégoz
  • Stefan Arndt
  • Veit Heideuschka
  • Michael Katz
  • Margaret Ménégoz
  • Uwe Schott
  • Michael Katz

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