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Amour | The Clapper Bored


My usual glib review style doesn’t really suit Amour. I’d feel a bit strange if I had to talk about it in that sort of way, so, instead, here’s an INCREDIBLY SERIOUS run down of the films 10 main points.

1.) It is very, very sad, in a way that you’ll only realise after about an hour.

2.) Despite the beautiful apartment they live in, the film is very tough to watch and will, on occasion, make you want to turn away.

3.) Like all good Haneke films, it contains shots that appear to be twice as long as they need be, and some people might find this a little, for want of a better word, boring.

4.) The acting is phenomenal.

5.) There are some fairly opaque metaphors that, even after thinking about for a long time, I’m not sure what they mean or whether they were really necessary.

6.) Amour is equal parts a study of love and a study of death and where these two considerations coincide is where the film derives its power.

7.) The film is immensely claustrophobic, which might be another metaphor but might not and I don’t know anything about life.

8.) Despite the fact that the film is compelling, the study is often quite clinical and detached and it lacks the human drama of Caché.

9.) It is not a good date movie at all.

10.) It’s a very poignant film but a tough watch and whether the ending is rewarding enough to justify the previous two hours will be the subject of debate for many years to come.

See, that wasn’t too hard.

Amour is a compelling, wonderfully acted piece of cinematic theatre, but it’s hard to endure. If you expect an obvious, significant point to be made, you will be disappointed.

Title: Amour
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert
Running Time : 2 hours and a few more minutes
Certificate: 12a (take under 12s at your own peril)

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