We are big fans of Austrian director Michael Haneke here on Wonderful Cinema. We have already reviewed Funny Games (1997) and Caché (2005). Now we turn our attention to his latest - an exceptional film.
Amour a.k.a. Love is a beautifully crafted piece of art which is so still and yet so riveting at the same time. The film recounts a very sad story with such grace that by the end of the telling you are left feeling fulfilled rather than in emotional tatters, warm in the glow of acknowledgement of having just watched something very special.
Pedigree acting from Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, and understated direction from Haneke raises his self-penned screenplay to soaring heights.
Internationally-acclaimed French classical pianist Alexandre Tharaud makes an appearance as an ex-pupil of the retired music-teaching duo.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. However, we accept that there are those who like to read the last page of the novel first!
Title: Amour (2012)
Direction: Michael Haneke
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Cinematography: Darius Khondji
Editing: Monika Willi
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud