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Every role, every life’s lesson prepared Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant to depict the tragic demise of “Anne” and “Georges”; a classically beautiful, harmonious marriage suffocated by horrific, debilitating circumstances.

Director and screenwriter Michael Haneke (“The White Ribbon”) uses these two inimitable actors to paint a devastating portrait of the effects of a stroke on cultured, intellectual, “Anne”, her caregiver, and devoted husband, “Georges”.

Because of its impeccable honesty this film is cuttingly painful to view; as Anne slips further from reality, sinking, trudging back to infancy; Georges’s overwhelming futility and hopelessness, confound and bludgeon the viewer with the veracity of a situation, visited upon many.

Haneke, to relieve the brutal inevitability, has a pigeon fly in and out of the couple’s apartment; a subtle metaphor for the departure of the tortured, doomed body; release of the pure, untarnished spirit.

Before the erasure of all dignity Georges maneuvers the partially- paralyzed Anne from chair to bed; their embrace  reminiscent of bygone intimacies; a symbol of a marriage, a “love” that ultimately transcends its finality.


For Now…………Peneflix

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  1. Another excellent review Peneflix! This film is at the top of my list!

  2. A very exciting go by way of, I might not agree completely, but you do make some really legitimate factors.

  3. Finally saw AMOUR, what a beautifully done film! I thought the image of the pigeon was fascinating and timely. I like your comment. There was definitely a purpose to having it fly in twice. Perhaps it was death coming in just before she dies, and then once again at the end when he manages to catch it with a blanket.
    As you said painful to watch but so, so real in its every small detail. Both Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant were extraordinary .
    It definitely deserves your 5 stars!

  4. This was one of the most difficult movies to watch but also one of the most poignant. Each and every frame was lovingly portrayed. A masterpiece of a film.

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