An octogenarian couple find their love put to the ultimate test when one of them suffers a stroke, and the other must assume the role of the caretaker in this compassionate yet unsentimental drama from director Michael Haneke. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired classical-music teachers savoring their golden years in a comfortable apartment when Anne experiences a stroke that leaves her partially paralyzed. As devoted Georges struggles with the formidable task of becoming Anne's full-time caretaker, a visit from their adult daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) reaffirms just how secluded from society the highly educated couple have become since retiring.~Jason Buchanan
This is an excellent film from Michael Hanake that depicts the challenges of caring for an ill loved one. I love a movie that makes you think about the characters and their morality, while giving the audience questions to answer. Is it harder to care for a someone you love, or be the helpless person who has to be cared for? Is euthanasia acceptable? What drives a person to care for an ill family member more, love or guilt? There is no definite answer to these questions. The director allows us to form answers ourselves.
It is a quite simple movie, taking place mostly inside an apartment, with two main characters we follow for the entire movie. I would definitely recommend watching this movie when you're well-rested. The two main lead actors give extraordinary performances. Retrospectively, Emmanuelle Riva was probably robbed of a deserved Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this film. This is a hard watch but it is worth it. As one movie critic said: "don't let Amour be one of those great movies you never got around to watching." I highly recommend this movie for anyone who enjoys films with excellent acting, a great screenplay, and a deep meaning to the story being presented.
P.S. Sony Pictures continues to provide the best video and audio presentation in the home video arena. This probably isn't too important to customers but I love how Sony releases Blu-Ray cases have film clip art posted on the inside side of the cover for the Blu-Ray case. It just makes me happy that I own the Blu-Ray and able to nest it in my collection. The extras are thin, but the quality of the movie completely makes up for the lack of supplemental features.
This movie is spoken in French, so you must read subtitles if you aren't fluent in French, but if you're like me and have watched Jeff Bridges in True Grit one too many times, this is manna from heaven!
Movie was very entertaining, and realistic, the actors were spot on with their roles they played, good movie but sad. had its ups and downs, made me go through a so many different emotions, real life experiences.