Film review: Amour

By David Larsen In Film

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14th February, 2013
When we first meet Anne, she’s dead. As Michael Haneke’s Amour opens, we watch burly public health officials break into a Paris apartment where they discover a body, wreathed with flowers. Immediately we dive into a film-length flashback. But there is never any suspense as to where the story will end: the same place all human stories end. As the flashback begins, we see Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) in hale old age, seated in a packed theatre audience, as viewed from the front. They gaze at us. We gaze at them. Then a pianist starts playing: we ...

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