Amour: New York Film Festival 2012

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New York Film Festival 2012: Amour

New York Film Festival 2012: Amour


Charting the moments when one couple’s autumn years turn wintry, Michael Haneke’s tender, tragic story of an elderly husband and wife dealing with the latter’s debilitating illness couldn’t be more aptly named. Yes, you read right: Austria’s king of feel-bad cinema hasn’t jettisoned his formalistic rigor or suddenly embraced sentimentality, yet the White Ribbon filmmaker has delivered his most blatantly heartfelt, humanistic work to date. What might have been a body-horror show becomes a sympathetic look at watching a loved one deteriorate, while the performances by art-house veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva offer the perfect balance of calm resolve and resilience. We all knew Haneke could do cerebral; now the notoriously severe director officially proves he can do emotionally resonant just as well. Bring tissues.—David Fear

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