Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Amour (2012)

Director: Michael Haneke. Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. 127 min. Rated PG-13. France/Germany/Austria. Drama.

Haneke is the master of manipulating human emotions. Although I abhorred his sadistic Funny Games, it still proves together with Cache and The White Ribbon, his ability to seduce. Here, he takes that expertise a notch higher, using a slow rhythm and long static shots of two octogenarian actors, to show the extent of their love for one another, and tell the tale... of "aging" - which miraculously is not a tearjerker. Watching it, you'll say: this will happen to me someday. And don't become too complacent, because the shocking ending will keep you under its spell for some time.

PS: This was the Palm d'Or winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival. After winning it for The White Ribbon also, Michael Haneke has won this most prestigious movie award of all, twice in three years. Amazing.

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