omplete QPORIT: AMOUR

Thursday, October 11, 2012

 

AMOUR


AMOUR
a film by Michael Haneke
starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva 
as a couple in their 80’s
with Isabelle Huppert as their daughter

winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes
playing at the New York Film Festival
and the Hamptons International Film Festival
opening in the US in December, 2012


Left to Right: Jean-Louis Trintignant as Georges and Emmanuelle Riva as Anne
Photo by (c) Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

AMOUR is a brutal, honest, detailed, uncompromising and cautionary evocation of what it means for one elderly spouse to care for another elderly spouse with a terminal illness.

AMOUR is documentary fiction. Fiction can be more honest and factual than “documentary,” real time footage, edited to create a film. Only in fictional, staged film can detailed accuracy be achieved. Filming real events as they happen is always fraught with irrelevancies and distractions. The final “documentary” film is created not in real life, but in the editing room. In staged fiction the essence of the issue can be assembled exactly.

AMOUR systematically recounts the challenges faced by an elderly man coping with the problems of caring for his wife, who is suffering though a series of more and more debilitating strokes.

For those already experienced with similar events, the issues and memories this movie evokes will be provocative. For future health care workers, and people who have not faced these issues, this film paints pictures of many events that will occur -- from the sudden onset of the illness, through bedridden care, through death.

The way that events are handled in the film is not necessarily the way any particular couple will deal with them, but it is a catalog of many (good and bad) possibilities.

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva play the couple. We learn little of the characters’ backstory. They are in their 80's. She was a piano teacher. Their daughter (Isabelle Huppert) lives far away. They seem to have an active, warm and loving life (with some problems) before her first episode.

But there is another backstory at work, contributing to the poignancy: the actors’ backstory. We remember them as movie stars in many films (especially, perhaps, Emmanuelle as the woman in Hiroshima Mon Amour; and Jean-Louis in A Man and a Woman). Once, they were romantic movie stars dashing through the world; in this film, now, they are shuffling across the floor.

The visual design is clear and precise, and almost always just a little bit dark; their apartment is old, clean, spacious, and simply furnished.

AMOUR, directed by Michael Haneke is a deeply emotional film, brilliantly acted. The 2012 winner of the Palme D’Or (grand prize) at the Cannes Film Festival, it opens December 19th 2012 in the US.



Emmanuelle Riva as Anne and Jean-Louis Trintignant as Georges
Photo by (c) Films du Losange, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

CAST

Georges -- JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT
Anne -- EMMANUELLE RIVA
Eva -- ISABELLE HUPPERT
Alexandre -- ALEXANDRE THARAUD
Geoff -- WILLIAM SHIMELL
Concierge’s husband -- RAMÓN AGIRRE
Concierge -- RITA BLANCO
Nurses -- CAROLE FRANCK , DINARA DROUKAROVA
Police Officers -- LAURENT CAPELLUTO, JEAN-MICHEL MONROC
Neighbor -- SUZANNE SCHMIDT
Paramedics DAMIEN JOUILLEROT, WALID AFKIR




FILMS, BOOKS AND OTHER PRODUCTS FROM AMAZON FOR
JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT
EMMANUELLE RIVA
ISABELLE HUPPERT
and
MICHAEL HANEKE


CLICK ON THE IMAGES 
FOR ACCESS TO MANY PRODUCTS FROM AMAZON FOR
JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT






CLICK ON THE IMAGE 
FOR ACCESS TO MANY PRODUCTS FROM AMAZON FOR
EMMANUELLE RIVA





CLICK ON THE IMAGE 
FOR ACCESS TO MANY PRODUCTS FROM AMAZON FOR
ISABELLE HUPPERT





CLICK ON THE IMAGE 
FOR ACCESS TO MANY PRODUCTS FROM AMAZON FOR
MICHAEL HANEKE





LINKS

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
www.filmlinc.org

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
www.hamptonsfilmfest.org


AMOUR – WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amour_(2012_film)

AMOUR – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602620/

AMOUR – SONY CLASSICS SITE
http://sonyclassics.com/amour/

AMOUR – FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/AmourFilm


MICHAEL HANEKE – WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Haneke

MICHAEL HANEKE – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0359734/


JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT – WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Louis_Trintignant

JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004462/


EMMANUELLE RIVA – WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuelle_Riva

EMMANUELLE RIVA – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0728938/


ISABELLE HUPPERT – WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabelle_Huppert

ISABELLE HUPPERT – IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001376/


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