Winner of the Palme d Or at Cannes and this year s Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Amour is a moving, terrifying and uncompromising drama about the effects of ill-health, old age and dementia. What will survive of us – and what does love mean - as we approach the end of our lives?
Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva give breathtaking performances as Georges and Anne, retired music teachers in their 80s, living in a handsomely furnished, book-lined Paris apartment with a baby grand piano. They are happy, affectionate, loving; active and content. But one day, Anne suffers the first of a series of strokes, accompanied by progressive dementia. Trintignant s face is etched not merely with the cares of age but dismay and fear: the person whom he loved and loves is beginning to vanish before his eyes. As Anne s life ebbs away, so does her identity: is their love itself beginning to be dismantled?
"Film-making of the highest order." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian