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Synopsis of Amour/Love
Precision, calculation, and refinement are the words that spring to mind when describing the work of Michael Haneke. But if his past work has been described by his critics as cool and clinical, Amour, which won Haneke his second Palme d’Or at Cannes, will surely put those feelings to rest. Never has this modern master been in such superb control as in this examination of a couple struggling with mortality — a subject that, in the hands of another filmmaker, could have veered toward sentimentality, cliché and bathos.
Drawing on the extraordinary talents of two of the finest and most legendary performers in the history of French cinema — Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bertolucci’s The Conformist, Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs: Rouge) and Emmanuelle Riva (Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour) — Haneke details the painful dilemma that confronts Anne and Georges Laurent, a married couple in their eighties, as one of them gradually succumbs to illness. Ensconced in an apartment that fits them like an old glove, settled happily into their long-established domestic routines, their world is upended when Anne suddenly displays symptoms of a stroke. With Anne now partially paralyzed, Georges struggles to care for her at home, with each day bringing new, ever more painful challenges. A visit from the couple’s dutiful daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) only further indicates how distant Georges and Anne’s lives now are from the rest of the world — a private realm that grows ever more solitary as Anne slips slowly, unbearably away.
Featuring exquisite performances from three of cinema’s greatest actors, Amour reveals a different dimension to Haneke’s vision. His script is a masterpiece of compassion and understanding, which unerringly touches all the right notes. It would have been easy to slip into the conventions of a tearjerker, something Haneke skillfully avoids to far more powerful effect. Full of surprises and consistently humane, this is a magisterial work from a brilliant artist who gazes fearlessly, unblinkingly into the soul.
French With English Subtitles
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