French film “Amour” (Love) won the Best Foreign Language Film oscar at last night’s 2013 Academy Awards. It opened at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway on Feb. 8, and is still there, fortunately showing four times a day.
2013 Academy Award Winner! Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER! Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes 2013
WINNER! Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2012
WINNER! Best Foreign Film of 2012, New York Film Critics Circle
The new film from Michael Haneke, acclaimed director of Cache and The White Ribbon!
From internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Cache, The White Ribbon) comes Amour, an intensely moving, award-winning portrait of a couple dealing with the ravages of old age – a heartbreaking look at love and mortality that is as compassionate as it is merciless. Legendary French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Trois couleurs: Rouge) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima mon amour) are staggering as Georges and Anne, long-married music teachers living out their final years surrounded by the comforts of books and music in their warm Paris apartment. After Anne suffers a stroke, Georges attends to her with firmness shot through with love. As Georges struggles to care for his wife at home, each day brings new, ever more complicated challenges. A visit from the couple’s dutiful daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher) only further indicates how distant Georges and Anne’s lives now are from the rest of the world — a private realm that grows ever more solitary as Anne slips slowly, unbearably away. (Dir. by Michael Haneke, 2012, France/Germany/Austria, in French with subtitles, 127 min., Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Classics) 35mm.
I saw the preview of this film several times, but didn’t get a chance to see it on the big screen, but may try to catch it this weekend. Will post my comments thereafter.