October 16 & 17
(Germany, 2012, 127 minutes)
Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards, and awarded Best Film and Best Director by the European Film Awards, Amour is a heartrending Drama/Romance from director and writer Michael Haneke (Cache, The White Ribbon). Cultivated, retired music teachers Georges and Anne are in their eighties. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. Life for them is enjoyable and predictable. Then, one morning at breakfast, Anne has a stroke, and their lives are changed forever. Georges attempts to care for Anne, but as Anne’s physical and mental condition declines, the couple's bond of love is severely tested. Vainly hoping to retain the dignity and peace of their lives, Georges becomes dispirited and is forced to make critical decisions for both of them. We are shown the progress, or rather decline, slowly, lovingly, and unflinchingly. Touching and honest, Amour presents situations many of us dread, but may have to face, and may even be facing, in our own lives. Magnificent performances are given by Emmanuel Riva as Anne, and Jean-Louis Trintignant as Georges. An honest look at life nearing its end— Amour is wonderfully and profoundly moving.