|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, William Shimell|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||March - World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Mar 2013|
By Jonathan Crocker from LOVEFiLM
The simple fact is that the arthouse giant is just, well, better than the rest.
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A touching story between two people who are utterly in love with each other till the very end.By Tarumatu (40 reviews) from Brighton, England , 16 Dec 2012
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[Highly rated reviewer]Michael Hanekes Amour is the story of an elderly married couple, Georges (Jean Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), who have to come to terms with the last stages of their life together. One morning over breakfast, Anne experiences a moment of open-eyed paralysis that changes her life entirely. Anne has an operation which fails, leading to a steady decline in mobility, wheelchair confinement, dementia and finally being bed-bound. Anne never liked hospitals and Georges had to promise Anne that he would never take her back, although Georges keeps his word this arrangement had its own problems as Georges has to cope with caring for Anne. Haneke rejects the idea that death is a communal experience, Annes journey towards death is an intensely solitary experience. Only Georges can understand her pain, their daughter (Isabelle Huppert) is marginalised through no fault of her own. Annes degradation and embarrassment at not being able to look after herself is evidently real and hard to watch. Emmanuelle Riva is a revelation as Anne, revealing the physical indignity and vulnerability of Annes unravelling state in such a frank and utterly brave performance. Georges and Annes relationship releases all sorts of emotions and questions, not least how we adapt and cope within a relationship which is constantly changing, regardless of age. You may not see them kiss, hug, hold hands or even say I love you, theirs is a love borne of loyalty, kindness and devotion. Its heartbreaking to watch Georges who has spent so many wonderful years building a life together with his beloved Anne, facing up to the reality that she is slowly disappearing before him. As harrowing as Annes and Georges deterioration is, Amour is still fundamentally a touching story between two people who are utterly in love with each other till the very end.
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Beautifully craftedBy Ladeda (6 reviews) , 25 Nov 2013This is a great film. And I mean Great. It is touching, poignant and shocking in one particularly scene. This is love in its purest form. Self-sacrificial and responsible. Beautifully crafted. Watch the director's section and you will appreciate just how well the actor's were guided to just the right pitch of performance.
One to watchBy a customer , 18 Nov 2013A touching tale of what can happen when you are elderly and how a couple copes and also how you would manage if you had a stroke. Beautifully acted.
Heart wrenchingBy Pencilface (13 reviews) , 16 Nov 2013I loved this. Beautifully paced, it shows the stark reality of a man caring for his elderly wife, the frustration of deterioration and the painful realisation that things will never be the same. Beautifully crafted and acted.
Frightening LoveBy manonfireuk (401 reviews) from Liverpool , 14 Nov 2013Not quite the emotionally devastating masterpiece the reviews claimed it was but still a superbly acted, realistic and quite frightening depiction of growing old. If you fear old age then this isn't going to put your mind at rest as a man fights to help his wife who is wasting away before him. r
True loveBy a customer , 31 Oct 2013Beautiful film . It really shows the love and resilience of the elderly man for his wife. The spoken french is also beautiful and simple. Prepare to go to bed a little sad