Amour Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Amour

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    True love never dies.

  • Starring:

    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

  • Directed by:

    Michael Haneke

  • Running time:

    127 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Door smashed in. Burglary, attempted suicide (mentioned). A woman suffers a debilitating stroke; physical and mental health deteriorate dramatically. A woman falls out of bed, knocks table over. A carer treats her patient aggressively. A man's face is grabbed from behind (dream). Slapped face. Suffocation. Cries of pain and confusion are heard. Blood/gore: Corpse seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Naked woman in the shower; breast is seen. Making love, pubescent impulses (mentioned).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, religious exclamations and references. Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Love, ageing, health, disability, caring for a loved one, palliative care, nursing, rehabilitation, paralysis, dignity, regression, mental and physical illness, helplessness, euthanasia, ethical dilemmas, hallucination.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Nursing care seen: spoon-feeding, toileting, bathing, carrying/supporting, entertaining, pain management. Stroke, surgery, blocked arteries, bed sores, medication, treatment, funeral, coffin, nursing home, hospitalisation, force-feeding, adult nappies, fever, diphtheria, quarantine (mentioned). Toilet. Urine-soaked clothing and sheets, IV drip. Sliced meat, stew. Pigeons. French language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Deeply emotional subject-matter. Exceptional performances. Minimalist direction, exquisitely photographed. Breathtaking, shocking, heartbreaking, touching, profound.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Harrowing.

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