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Amour (2012)

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Average Rating: 8.7/10
Reviews Counted: 191
Fresh: 178 | Rotten: 13

With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heartwrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility.

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Average Rating: 9.5/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 2

With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heartwrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility.

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Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. -- (C) Official Site

Aug 20, 2013

$6.7M

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All Critics (191) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (178) | Rotten (13) | DVD (2)

This is realism that enlarges our conception of the term.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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Now at the end of the year comes a masterpiece, not just the best of the year, but one of the best ever: Michael Haneke's Amour.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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Trintignant perfectly captures the resolve that eventually borders on obsession, as the woman he loves gradually, maddeningly, disappears before his eyes, and he does whatever he can to prevent it, though he knows it's impossible.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Many viewers will find echoes of their grandparents, parents, or even themselves in these characters.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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A movie that is utterly worthy of its all-encompassing title.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The resulting interplay of ruthless restraint and unavoidable passion, plus the film's refusal to shrink from depicting the inevitable horrors of physical deterioration, is devastating.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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a profoundly humane and deeply challenging depiction of the emotional and physical ravages of old age

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Amour is a lesser work from Michael Haneke that features brilliant performances from Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, but is held back by a simplistic narrative.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Compelling and incredibly heartbreaking...

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

a stunning work from a man more capable of provocation than actual insight.

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Michael Haneke gives us an unflinching look at love in the twilight years, placing a lot on the shoulders of two stars who come through like the veterans they are.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Unnerving in its own way - heartfelt and tender, but with an undercurrent of foreboding.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

It leaves you spent, depressed and intensely afraid of the future. In some ways that's admirable, but like our fallible bodies, it gets old - fast.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Haneke has created a gift for both audiences and the two legendary actors cast in the lead roles.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

In a film that's so explicitly cathartic for the filmmaker, there's a whole lotta catharsis withheld for the audience.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies With Butter
Movies With Butter

While [director Michael] Haneke's love of long takes invite you to stare into the corrugated faces of Georges and Anne as their worlds change, there is a leaden quality to many stretches of the film that assume a profundity that simply isn't there.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Powerful piece of cinema that forces us to confront death and something even worse; the prospect of outliving the love of one's life

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

This beautifully-handled, deeply devastating work is all about the most human issue of all: we're all headed for the scrap-heap.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Movingly acted and extremely harrowing.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Rarely has this subject matter been depicted so realistically, so honestly. You always know where the story is heading but it's still tough to watch.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

The scenario is upsetting, but the execution is genuine and pure, making Amour a film of heartbreaking beauty and Haneke's masterpiece.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Amour will now rate highly on a list of my favorite horror movies. It's certainly upsetting. But that is its strength.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

This is a profound look at love about a couple who have lived with each other for so many years, know each other so well and this terrible thing that is facing them and there's a serenity there which makes it even more moving, I think.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's Haneke's searing honesty and lack of sentimentality, and his talent as a writer-filmmaker that lifts this film to the heights of achievement. I know that the storyline may sound gloomy, the film is not. It is beyond wonderful.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Amour

Good lord....the pace of this movie was excruciating!! I get that it was emotional, moving, and the entire idea very heartfelt. HOWEVER, it was sooooo long, and soooooo slow. I couldn't take it. After the first 40 min, I ended up watching the rest on slow fast forward. Oh you French movie lovers! How do you sit through these?? sigh...
March 1, 2014
itsjustme2004

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I've long thought it would be nice to see an older couple in a modern love story, surely a couple that have lived and loved together is even more romantic than a couple who meet for the first time. Thankfully one of the best directors in the world thought so too. The idea is sound but is difficult to like, it is heartbreaking but the turn of events are very real. Without wanting to spoil the ending, everything that is done in this film is out of love. Meeting a girl for the first time, buying her flowers etc is not love, bathing your frail wife of 40 years because she has just wet herself is love. Both my grandparents moved in with me when they were in their final years and I had to do things most grandsons don't, I did it out of love. That said, I had reason to love my grandparents, they were lovable. I know many people who put parents in homes, often because they can't look after them but also because they don't love them. My point, and criticism of this film is that the couple in question never came across as people I could care for, ill or old. The acting from the great Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva is second to none but I think the overall film and the conclusion would have been far more effective had they have been nice characters. That said, I'm well aware of how people can change when they loose all Independence. Maybe I liked the film but just wanted Mike Leigh to direct, I don't know, but I do think Michael Haneke has relied on his previous success a little and hasn't polished this production as well as he could have.
September 18, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

An intimate, delicate portrayal of an older couple and how the wife (Emmanuelle Riva) begins to fail in health, and how her husband (Jean-Louis Trinitgnant) struggles to keep up with her many needs and she slips further into depression and poor health. Director Michael Haneke has acquired the reputation of a director who is not afraid to pull out tricks out of his sleeve, and he does so here at one big moment, but ultimately this is a mostly straightforward, realistic look at getting older and the slippery slope keeping in good health becomes over time. It is a sad, somber, pretty slow-moving story, but one that needs to be in order to get the message across correctly. The twist that occurs is definitely unsettling, but also one that is not predictable at all given the nature of the story. It is a hard-hitting look at love and seeing someone die in front of you in a quick, alarming way, but it is all handled phenomenally well by a master behind the camera in Haneke.
September 1, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

It's difficult not to love "Amour".

Full review at themoviefreakblog.com
May 16, 2013
spielberg00

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    1. Anne: It's beautiful. Life. Long.
    – Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)
    1. Anne: You don't have to hold my hand all the time. I can take care of myself, you know.
    – Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)
    1. Georges: Things will go on as they have done up until now. They'll go from bad to worse. Things will go on, and then one day it will all be over.
    – Submitted by Ahsan H (16 months ago)
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