Amour is a truly sad film. It’s not depressing or tragic, it’s sad. It focuses on the sadness of life and death, and the lasting extent of true love. The film focuses on the characters George and Anne, a happy elderly couple living in Paris. Their lives are disrupted when Anne has a stroke, and is partially paralyzed. The rest of the film is a portrait of Georges’ love for Anne, and his sadness and frustration when she fades from him. The movie is slow and deliberate, with no musical score. It feels startlingly real and therefore more heartbreaking when it concludes. Michael Haneke has created one of the most touching films of recent history, and is well deserving of his Best Foreign Language Film win at this year’s Academy awards.
Amour: A Movie Review by Mike Davis