An elderly couple’s devotion to each other is tested in the touching foreign drama from Michael Haneke (“The White Ribbon”) titled “Amour.”
Georges and Anne Laurent, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, are retired classical music teachers who are well into their golden years. They are well-settled in their spacious apartment, savoring each other’s company, enjoying beautiful music and reading fine literature.
Georges and Anne’s bliss however would soon come to a crashing end when Anne suffers a stroke resulting in the right side of her body paralyzed.
Anne’s slowly deteriorating condition forces Georges to become her full-time caretaker and their time together from there challenges them both emotionally and mentally.
Anne’s waning mental state is a test for the couple’s devotion to each other and both must find the strength to stay true to their convictions in their trying and ultimately final, time together.
For the sake of not sugarcoating it, let’s make this simple: “Amour” is a gorgeous movie. Artistically and emotionally, this is a gorgeous movie.
Michael Haneke wrote a screenplay that is subtle and heart-aching and his direction is tense, quiet and awesome and he shaped this world he created solely around these two characters with heart-stopping beauty.
Jean-Louis Trintignant delivers a strong performance as the burden Georges. A man who is shouldering a load that only gets bigger as Anne’s condition gets worse and Trintignant’s performance is worthy of rooting for.
Emmanuelle Riva is dynamite. Her performance is a sympathy magnet worthy of all of the attention from audiences everywhere; a performance that cannot be missed.
Every facet of this stunning drama about love is mesmerizing. “Amour” is a movie that must been seen if the opportunity presents itself.