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Review: ‘Amour’ delicately depicts difficult topic

December 18, 2012 • Entertainment


This film image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Jean-Louis Trintignant in a scene from the Austrian film, “Amour.” (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, File)

Michael Haneke takes a subject you don’t often see in movies and probably don’t even want to see — the slow, steady deterioration of an elderly woman — and handles it with great grace in “Amour.”

The Austrian writer-director, who’s achieved a reputation for a certain mercilessness over the years through films like “Cache” and “Funny Games,” displays a surprising and consistent humanity here, and draws unadorned but lovely performances from his veteran stars, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. Haneke focuses on the intimate moments of their changing lives as the longtime married couple remains holed up in their comfortable Paris apartment, coping day to day, waiting for eventual death. It will surely strike a chord with anyone who’s watched a loved one slip away in this manner, whether it’s a Login to read more

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