2012: #3 Amour


Directed by: Michael Haneke
Written by: Michael Haneke
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell, and Rita Blanco
Distributer: Sony Pictures Classics
Country: Austria
Language: French
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 12/19/2012
Date seen: 1/19/2013
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $15,090,860
# of Oscar nominations: 5 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Best Cameo, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Actress)

Michael Haneke generally makes films that are very dense and heady intellectual experiments. I don’t want to suggest that Amour is dumbed down in any way, but there is a reason why it’s reaching a wider audience than his previous works. The film expresses certain universal truths about what it means to grow old and about the fleeting nature of life and it doesn’t take a genius to understand what he’s expressing. That is not to say that this is some kind of sentimental yarn either or that Haneke has turned into some kind of soft humanist. Instead what he’s made is a tough, almost visceral look at some painful parts of the human experience. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding ways to talk about the film because in many ways it’s more of a film to be experienced than a film to be talked about.
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