Tuesday, 11 December 2012
I realise that I'm a bit late reviewing this film but the constant praises for this film during this award season made me to check the movie out.
Directed by Michael Haneke(The White Ribbon),Amour(Love) is about the relationship of an older couple( played by two french veteran Emmanuelle Riva and Jean Louis Tintrignant) on how the bond of this couple is tested when one fell into sick and becomes totally dependant to the other.To be more precise ,its a movie that investigate on how much can you or will you do for love.
Retired music teachers Anne and Georges lives a happily and blissful life alone in their posh apartment with their materialistic adult daughter(Isabelle Huppert) visiting them once in a while.Their peace is interrupted when one morning Anne got a minor stroke and the surgery fixing this condition goes wrong leaves her half paralysed.Now dependant to her husband even to perform simple tasks,Anne asks her husband to promise her that he would never admit her into a nursing care home or into the hospital.Their daughter is unsure of her father capability and prefers her mum to be sent to a nursing home despite the protest of her father and this sort of strains their relationship.The fact that Anne gradually lose the will to live doesn't help too.The rest of the movie explores whether Georges can keep his promise or will he send her to a home or worse decide to respect her decision of not wanting to live.
Watching Amour,I was constantly reminded of a strong and devastating scene in last years Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.It was the scene where Jake Gyllenhaal was advised to abandon his Parkinson disease diagnosed girlfriend when he can by a old guy whose wife also suffers the same disease as he will soon stop loving his girlfriend if he doesn't leave her and that fact will kill her fast than the disease itself.That notion was prevalent throughout Amour as you see how both of the couple is affected by this disease.
All the praises and awards that Emmanuelle Riva is receiving for this film is definitely well deserved and I strongly believe she deserves more.She played the role of the paralysed Anne so well that if not for the beginning of the film where she walks and talks normally,I would have totally bought that she was truly half paralysed.She spends most of the film on bed and relying her facial expressions to convey wide range of emotions.I felt Jean Louis Tintrignant who plays the husband Georges was equally if not more exceptional in the film.He basically carried most of the film by himself and he manages to convey the helpless of Georges,the pain he endures,the love he has for his wife brilliantly in every scene and all his scenes are pure gems.Two particular scenes made me shed tears for his character
Overall Amour is definitely mind provoking film with a simple yet relatable and profound plot accompanied with superb performance by the lead.I'm gonna categorised this film under the same category as Blue Valentine,Whistle blower and this year's Compliance.All masterpiece but for only one viewing as the reality is too painful to watch.
Possible contenders for the following category:
Best Foreign Film
Best Director-Michael Haneke
Best Original Screenplay
Best Actor-Jean Louis Tintrignant
Best Actress-Emmanuelle Riva(Top 3 ,possible winner)