Movie Review: Amour

Deeply moving and at times incredibly depressing, “Amour” showcases the remarkable acting talents of screen veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant (“A Man and a Woman”) and Emmanuelle Riva (nominated for an Academy Award for her performance).

Briefly, these two are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an “episode” that heralds a cascade of declining health. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Filmed almost entirely in their Parisian apartment with very few camera movements, there is an overwhelming weight placed on us as observers. This is a story that is both tragic and yet strangely uplifting as a testimony to the commitment that true love entails.

Perhaps, because many of us remember Trintignant in “A Man and a Woman,” we relate to this film more deeply as the years have aged us all. That said, it is a demanding theater-going experience that will likely leave you emotionally spent. The performances are triumphs; there are no camera tricks to divert you from taking in the slightest facial movements that speak so evocatively.

This film, while brilliant on many levels, is not for everyone. As I mentioned at the outset, it is not a movie that will have you humming any tunes when you exit the theater. And it is subtitled, so unless your French is up to the task, you will need to read.

Bonne chance.

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