French-language drama Amour directed by Austrian Michael Haneke took home the prestigious Palme D’Or at Cannes earlier this year, and now it is in the Love Category at the 56th BFI London Film Festival.
This beautiful film follows elderly couple Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) who are both in their eighties, and we live alongside them when they are faced with the realities of old age, sickness and death.
I am sure most of us have been touched in some way by a story like that of Georges and Anne, and consequently, part of me just wanted to get up and leave! It was so real. Scene to scene these incredible actors delicately describe Anne’s descent into physical and eventually mental debilitation, as it starts to test Georges’ love for his wife.
The subtle and masterful acting performances do help ease this difficult watch, but this profoundly honest film was a little much for me. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece, but not one that is an enjoyable or comfortable watch. It is painful and a reality that terrifies me.
Amour is on at the Curzon Mayfair 11th and 13th October and Nationwide release on 16th November 2012
The London Film Festival is running 10-21 October 2012, sponsored by American Express.
For more information, please go to http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/