How far will love stretch?

Amour

Released September 20, 2012

IN SOCIETY. Growing old in Paris is not an easy spectacle.

Amour is about an elderly couple living out their 80s in an apartment in Paris, and every rarely do we get a glimpse beyond their abode. Outside contact in through family and friends. The claustrophobic setting conveys despair and fleshes out the theme of how far love will go under suffering and trial and what this love actually means.

The situation is excruciating to watch, and the love that continues to endure will divide audience depending on their perspective and ideology.

Anne’s (Emmanuelle Riva) health problems get the better of her, leaving husband Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) to look after his wife.

Problems cross over into the taboo, and Anne’s condition has a debilitating effect on her as well as on Georges.

Troubles such as burglaries in the neighborhood and their daughter’s woes are secondary to the couple’s predicament.

Everyday details take precedence over, for example, police procedures, hospital situations, and other formulaic conventions.

Amour brings the intimate touch renowned in European cinema. The couple is ‘real’ rather than contrived to induce emotions.

The film conveys the utter despair and abandonment of such a situation. They couple feel helpless and lost. Amour stirs up the possibility the couple could use euthanasia. I can only think that, from a Christian perspective, that euthanasia isn’t the best solution and that it is for God to decide on when a life should end.

 

Subtitled. Content may disturb.

Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. Director Michael Haneke

Reviewed by Peter Veugelaers

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