Friday, January 25, 2013
Austria's submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film is a French drama about a sweet, loving elderly couple dealing with the sudden onset of severe health problems. It's our biggest fear as we grow old. What do you do when you can no longer take care of yourself? Will you become a burden to your loved ones? This is a painfully sad look at what many of us have to deal with in life, from one angle or another. It won the top prize at Cannes, and was nominated in the Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for the upcoming Academy Awards. (I predict it wins only the Best Foreign Language Film award.)
Personally I'm not a huge fan of director Michael Haneke. He takes himself way too seriously. (And his remake of his own 'bad for the soul' film, 'Funny Games', was unforgivable. And, to be sure, 'Amour' is the feel bad movie of the year. But it's very powerful for those who respond to these kinds of hard-to-watch films. Pair it with 'Away from Her' and you'll surely opt to kill yourself before growing old.