“Amour” – Michael Haneke

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Reviewed By: Audrey Findlay (ESA Arts Correspondent)

Michael Haneke’s “Amour” is a tasteful yet unflinching portrayal of the inevitable decay that comes with old age. Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant star as Anne and Georges, an elderly couple who face the upheaval of their pleasant Parisian existence when Anne suffers a stroke which paralyzes half her body, forcing Georges into the role of caregiver. Scenes of Anne being force fed and suffering various other indignities in her helpless state are more gut-wrenching than most horror movies, as Riva’s stunningly authentic performance reveals the frustration and humiliation of the loss of independence. “Amour” is a devastating testament to the trials we will endure for the ones we love.

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