Michael Haneke’s Amour – Out in UK Cinemas November 16

 

ImageThe following review can be found in the latest issue of Clash Magazine… 

Released in cinemas 16 November 2012

A tender exploration of a loving marriage beset by dementia, illness and old age, Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning film is a genuinely moving and unflinching look at the human realities of life near its end.

Comfortably well-off ex-music teachers George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) share a rich and fulfilled retirement, enjoying Parisian cultural life to its full. This all changes dramatically when Anne suffers a health scare intensified by a later fall, culminating in severe dementia. The strain on their relationship is a beautiful and heartbreaking story to watch.

The sober, almost vérité, Haneke style and upper middle class concerns are familiar from past films, but this piece is about an adversary that all must face. Amidst the routine of care and treatment, the impending doom of the final outcome is always lurking in the background. When it finally arrives the result is amongst the most emotional I have ever witnessed on a cinema screen.

Also starring Isabelle Huppert as the couple’s middle aged daughter, Amour manages to be delicate and devastating and will live on in the memory for long after the credits roll. An absolute masterpiece, Haneke seems to be doing the impossible by actually getting better and better…

 

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