Movie Review: Amour

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Last night I had the opportunity to watch the multi-Oscar nominated film ‘Amour‘.

Amour posterI’m not sure what I was expecting of this movie, since I’d never seen the trailer for the film… And in fact I believe I was thinking of another recently released French film when I agreed to see it.

(Note: ‘Amour’ is actually an Austrian release.. but is in French and set in Paris.)

And watching the trailer now, it doesn’t give you an inclination of how powerful the movie truly is.. or even what it’s specifically about.

The description of the film on IMDb is:

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

All I can say, because I had no misconceptions going in about what the movie would be like, I found it refreshingly enjoyable and it made me look forward to what would happen next a bit more.

The actress playing the wife, Oscar nominated Emanuelle Riva, was so convincing as her character went through the health changes and the physical changes were extraordinary.. And apparently a rather accurate depiction of someone Emannuel Rivawho’s suffered from a stroke.

Probably the only criticism I might have is it was a bit too long and drawn out in places.. But then again I think that’s just French cinema for you, where they’ll focus in a character as they do some menial chore (like washing the dishes, sitting in a chair, or brushing their teeth) and the story doesn’t progress any further because of it.

But at the same time, it’s good and fascinating because that’s reality.. that’s what happens when you’re dealing with real life issues, you still perform the menial tasks like you normally do.  It’s not always all about the extraordinary feats some people do when faced with inconceivable situations.

All in all a very good movie that shows the love and commitment between two people as they deal with such a life-changing situation.  Definitely a highly recommended movie.

For those interested, here’s the very ambiguous movie trailer. 🙂

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