Dec. 10, 2016
Home / Articles / Cinema / Movie Reviews /  Je t’aime, Amour
p 50 Movies2 Amour
'Amour' is the best movie of 2012.

Je t’aime, Amour

'Amour' is honest and complex [yay!]

February 5, 2013, 12:00 am

The following sentence is not hyperbole: Amour is the best movie of 2012. Nowhere will you find a more honest, searching and complex story told with such ease, care and compassion.

A loving married couple, Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges, (Jean-Louis Trintignant), both retired music teachers in their 80s, find their marriage taking a markedly different turn when Anne suffers a stroke. At first, Anne is able to retain something of her former self.

Then things get worse—and quickly. What makes this end-of-life story different from all the crappy end-of-life stories out there is its unsentimental take on Anne’s deterioration.Then there’s Georges’ ambivalence, devotion and determination.

Riva is as wonderful as you’ve heard, and Trintignant deserves more acclaim than he’s received.

That smoldering anger that always seems beneath the surface, even when he’s playing something lightly? It’s here, and it’s used to great effect as tries to manage the end of his wife’s life.

The movie takes place almost entirely inside Georges and Anne’s Paris apartment, and what could be a stifling trap becomes another character thanks to smart production design.

See Amour. Now.

CCA Cinematheque / PG-13 / 89 min.

 

comments powered by Disqus
 

Morning Word: Dozens of Problems Could Stall WIPP Reopening

Morning Word  Officials say they'll take the time needed to make the improvements to ensure a safe re-opening. ... More

Dec. 08, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

Newsletters

* indicates required
Choose your newsletter(s):
November 9, 2016 by Gwyneth Doland  
November 16, 2016 by Steven Hsieh  
November 9, 2016 by Steven Hsieh  
November 9, 2016 by Steven Hsieh  
November 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  

@SFReporter on Instagram

 

 
Close
Close
Close