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  • Summary: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 13, 2013
    100
    With Amour, it's the rare feeling of watching a masterpiece unfold.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 20, 2012
    100
    This is an unforgettable love story set at the close of day, as tragic and beautiful in its way as "Tristan und Isolde," and a portrait of the impossible beauty and fragility of life that will yield new experiences to every viewer and every viewing.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Nov 12, 2012
    100
    Michael Haneke's Palme D'Or winner is uncomfortable, uncompromising, unflinching... and utterly unmissable. Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 11, 2013
    100
    More arduously, Riva is obliged to act out the physical decline while still registering a full spectrum of emotions. Remarkably, she does it all, even when reduced to communicating with her eyes alone. Hers is, in every sense of the phrase, a nakedly honest performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Dec 31, 2012
    90
    What makes Amour so strong and clear is that it allows Haneke to anatomize his own severity.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 26, 2012
    88
    This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Nov 12, 2012
    50
    This isn't the work of a newly moral or humanistic filmmaker, but another ruse by the same unscrupulous showman whose funny games have been beguiling us for years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. Jan 17, 2013
    10
    Ultimate cinematic perfection ! this film is the symbol of life and love. Not only is it beautifully crafted but the acting is impeccable highlighting the honest and true nature of the screenplay, in my eyes film can get no better .
    Haneke is the best director of 2012 and produced the best film too.
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  2. Feb 11, 2013
    10
    Georges and Anne love each other. However, the film director gives us a mixed-up message regarding their relationship. At the beginning of the film, when the couple is at the kitchen table, Georges sees that the sugar bowl is empty, complains to her and gets upset. Moments later he gets irritated with her when she does not understand something he is talking about. Then they start to argue. Days later, when she is sick and he tries to give her some water, she gets angry and reacts in an unexpected manner. Georges response to her is shocking. Is this the first time, or has he done it before? This couple loves each other in their own particular way. They are not physically affectionate, I don’t think they kiss during the whole movie, I could be wrong. They don’t have either a loving extended family. Georges caresses a pigeon to get the tenderness he does not have. Georges face expression does not change the whole movie. He has a permanent expression of concern and numbness. He is empty, he is not, in the true sense of the word, alive. He is simply performing the task that has been handed to him. The title of the movie is “Amour” (Love). However when you leave the movie theater the last feeling you have is a loving feeling. You feel numb, empty, like Georges. It is like he has come out from the screen and swallowed you and you have become part of him. I think that this is an outstanding achievement of the director of the film. To have the ability to put the audience in such a mood. I think a very important aspect of the movie is to make you feel what Georges is feeling. Everything is going slow, you are most of the time in the corner of one room or at the bedside, there is almost not furniture, it is kind of dark. Expand
  3. Jul 3, 2013
    10
    The story is so masterfully told, it's not even funny. It's heartbreaking, depressing, beautiful and lovely. It's told in the most stylish of ways and it's just masterful. Its beautifully crafted, and radiantly acted. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2013
    8
    It's an excellent film in that it made me re-evaluate my perspectives on aging, aging relatives, and the potential for love and compassion on behalf of care-givers. Riva, the wife, is tremendous, and Huppert as the caring by slightly-naive daughter is also excellent. I wanted more from the actor playing the husband, but otherwise, it's a solid piece of art. It's also not a film that I'd recommend to many. You have to know what you're getting into. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2013
    8
    Amour is a hard to follow film, but it is one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. It is very touching and also rough, because it is noticeable the point that true love can reach. The movie portrayed an old woman with hemiplegia cause by a vascular accident with progressive decrease of brain activity and the future of the marriage will fall to her husband. What this picture is doing, is trying to figure out what is love, using apart from the plot, the script, the cameras and the performances. That is why the movie is so slow, with static camera movements and with people that evaluate what they are doing, because you cannot rush love, it is about patience and understanding. Everything in the film is well prepared, Michael Haneke definitely did an excellent job in directing and the protagonist couple is just brilliant, but I think is more Jean-Louis Trintignant than Emmanuelle Riva. Expand
  6. Jan 18, 2013
    7
    yes haneke is a stern and grand director, yes this movie is over hyped, yet... it is a very poignant story. what struck me the most was to watch riva and trintignant 50 or more years after their breakthrough roles and find them so powerful even if remote from the image they portrayed then. huppert is a surprise in every sense. the confined imagery, the apartment, the love story will indeed be iconic. Expand
  7. Jul 14, 2013
    0
    Sweet Jesus, the only one that deserves an award is the audience, and being able to sit through this without...falling........asleeeeeppppp....
    This movie is completely lifeless, void of any dynamic, the characters are far more boring than anyone can ever be in real life, and you will have a hard time not wishing for them to just die so the movie can end. I am not sure who exactly is sitting on that Cannes jury, but they seem to have forgotten that the one main element that makes a movie good is whether or not the audience is entertained.
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