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Monday, January 21, 2013

Amour by Michael Haneke, 2012 (PG-13)

From the director of The White Ribbon - Das Weisse Band and The Piano Teacher - La Pianiste
with Jean-Louis Trintignant (Un Homme et Une Femme), Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour), Isabelle Huppert (Ma Mere, White Material, The Piano Teacher), Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell (Certified Copy), Ramón Agirre, Rita Blanco
Duration: 127 minutes

In this 2012 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, Georges and Anne, retired music teachers in their eighties, have a time-tested love. But as Anne's health fails, Georges becomes her caregiver, and the couple's bond is tested like never before.

Won at the Golden Globes the Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated for the Oscars 2013 for Best Picture (which is exceptional for a foreign language film), Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Directing, Best Foreign Language Film (WON), Best Original Screenplay

In a minimal scenario, with a very small cast, barely no music, and two aging people facing each other in the most naked possible way, it is amazing to see how much can be communicated. The emotion is constantly strained, surprised, the journey extremely painful and at time overcome by beauty. It is a slow pasted movie, in Haneke's style, with short outbursts of violence, with an ending that make you realize there is much more to the movie than the movie itself, and an interrogation on the complexity of our humanity (again, and with a new perspective each time).

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