Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Multi-award winning movie - Amour

Last night I went to my local movie theatre, Lighthouse Cuba, to see Amour (French for "Love") is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert.

The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad. Anne suffers a stroke which paralyses her on one side of her body.

I loved this film, harrowing though it was in parts. it is a beautiful example of French understatement, low key and fabulous camera-work, and a thoroughly satisfying, thought-provoking story.

Awards the film has won:

 Palme d'Or  2012

 Selected as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.

 25th European Film Awards, - nominated in six categories, winning in four, including Best Film and Best Director.

 National Society of Film Critics’ Awards - it won awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.
British Academy Film Awards - it was nominated in four categories, winning for Best Leading Actress and Best Film Not in the English Language and Emmanuelle Riva became the oldest person to win a BAFTA.

85th Academy Awards - the film has been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Original Screenplay; Best Director; and Best Foreign Language Film.

 At 85 years, Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest Academy Awards nominee for the Best Actress in a Leading Role.

 C├ęsar Awards it has been nominated in ten categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

PS and yet more awards: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/25/amour-oscar-foreign-michael-haneke

See more about Amour on Wikipedia

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