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Amour (2012)

There are some movies which you are able to appreciate for their looks and there is hardly anything you can fault, but still you end up not liking the movie. Unfortunately Amour is a movie where I had that feeling.

The story is about an elderly couple, George and Anne who still live in their own apartment. We are introduced to them in a beautiful way, as part of an audience enjoying a concert. It’s a scene which stands out because the camera shows the whole audience but still manages your eyes to drift to them. As a viewer you are pulled in their world which slowly starts to fall apart as Anne has to go to the hospital after some worrying signs. Because she’s afraid of hospitals she makes George promise that he will never take her to another one, which he does. As her health keeps deteriorating it becomes more and more difficult for him.

It’s got an interesting and moving story, is shot beautifully, the acting is amazing and still I wasn’t able to really be moved as much by it as I feel I should have. The reason it didn’t was because the tempo of the film was just too slow for my liking. You could say it shows the difficult process these elderly people have to go through and by doing it this way it gets under your skin, but it didn’t work for me. Should you see Amour? I have to say that it is worth watching if you don’t mind the speed at which it’s told.

Category: Drama, Movies, Romance
  • keith7198 says:

    Solid review. I was curious about this one but I’ll definitely back-burner it for now!

    October 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Because of my personal feelings about it I wouldn’t recommend it, but I know and understand that a lot of people will love this.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:08 am
  • filmhipster says:

    I’ll have to check it out…seems fairly interesting.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It is an interesting story, personally I just hoped it would move along a bit faster.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • momto3feistykids says:

    This sounds like a lovely movie — it’s a shame you didn’t find it more engaging. It sounds like something I might enjoy, though. Excellent review!

    October 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, you can’t like them all :)

      October 31, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • ckckred says:

    You do know I love this one, but I do see the pace can turn people away from this film. I found myself so engrossed into the characters that the movie moved by quickly for me and it’s probably been my favorite of the year (it’s between this and The Master). Nice review.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:08 am
    • Nostra says:

      I can completely understand you would. The Master still isn’t out over here, but I am looking forward to seeing that.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • projectormagazine says:

    We can’t wait for this… managed to miss it at two film festivals… great review.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I can imagine as it is a great movie, just not my cup of tea.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:22 am
  • Bonjour Tristesse says:

    I too didn’t like this as much as I thought I would. I still greatly admire the film craft that went into it, but just didn’t feel the necessary connection with the characters.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:11 am
    • Nostra says:

      I did connect with the characters, but as a whole the movie didn’t manage to keep me hooked…

      November 1, 2012 at 10:23 am
  • alec96 says:

    Interesting to say the least, this has serious Oscar buzz. It was nice to read your take on it (I have a feeling I’ll agree with you). Really great review.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it is an interesting film, but definitely not for everyone.

      November 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

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