Amour – An Unquestionable Masterpiece

Michael Haneke’s newest film, Amour is about Anne and Georges, two retired music teachers in their eighties who are living peacefully as a couple until Anne starts going into catatonic states.  It’s sad, devastating, and heartbreaking but it shows the life journey of love and death.

Following a botched surgery which leaves her paralyzed on one side and confined to a wheelchair, followed by a stroke later on which ravages the rest of her mind and body, Georges has to care for her at home. Her one demand was to be treated at home and not at a hospital. It may seem that simple, but there’s more to this movie than that. Georges feels the weight of the world upon him because he has to see what happens to his wife. Haneke extinguished all hope in his film and you can see it in the scenes with their daughter who urges Georges to take Anne to the hospital for the care that she needs.

What the movie is trying to show is the effects of a stroke upon ones’ marriage and from what people have said, it’s true to life and realistic. It’s a sad look at what happens to a person in their older years, especially when you get to the ending. The LA Times gave it positives for it’s attention to detail.

The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d’Or. It has been selected as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. At the 25th European Film Awards, it was nominated in six categories, winning in four, including Best Film and Best Director.

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