Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Amour
If only some of the uninhibitedly energetic thought and insight of these actors had found its way into Haneke's movie.
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.
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.
Many viewers will find echoes of their grandparents, parents, or even themselves in these characters.
Audience Reviews for Amour
Michael Haneke creates a magnificent and beautifully-acted film that manages to be impressively subtle and hard-hitting at the same time, surprising us with a lot of tenderness and honesty in its approach towards love and aging while striking us with such an overwhelming intensity.
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...
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.
|Anne:||It's beautiful. Life. Long.|
|Anne:||You don't have to hold my hand all the time. I can take care of myself, you know.|
|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.|