100W: Amour

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Amour (Dir. Michael Haneke/2012)

Amour tells us what love truly is – and why we love to watch. We observe Eva (Riva) and Georges (Tintignant), an elderly couple, who are coping with the declining health of Eva following a stroke. Winning the Palme D’Or in Cannes, (and only within 3 years of winning the prize for The White Ribbon) Haneke delivers again in this sensitive, heart-breaking portrait of those final moments in an elderly woman’s life. Confined to a Parisian apartment, it’s tragic as it is tender as we experience the isolation of the aged contrasted with the loyalty of marriage. Profound and unforgettable.

Rating: 9/10

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