Amour

Posted on March 4, 2013

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Amour – Georges and Anne, a couple of 80-year-olds, played by 80-year-olds, are enjoying a full life until she has a stroke. As she begins to deteriorate, they are faced with the decisions of care taking and all that that involves.  How long can love hold out when you’re changing your spouse’s diaper? 

This is an extremely slow-paced movie – George snips off the heads of flowers for what seems like two full minutes.  There are some very abrupt scene changes as well as abrupt conversational changes.  Anne, played by Emmanuelle Riva, manages to look like a person with a stroke.  The only action scene is when she’s testing out her wheelchair. 

 The movie does make a good case for euthanasia although I’m not sure that was the intent.  It also makes for a lot of discussion on what is best course of action when someone can’t take care of him or herself.  What was the reason for the pigeons in the hallway?  Were the dream’s symbols as obvious as they seemed – he felt he was drowning and being strangled?   What was the deal with the attempted break in at the beginning?  It’s in French with subtitles and won Best Foreign Film at the Academy.

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