We drove into San Antonio Sunday to watch a very poignant movie, a foreign film titled “Amour,” about love and the end of life…
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are in their eighties and have been married for a long time. Their only child, Eva (Isabelle Huppert), lives abroad with her family; they rarely visit. Georges and Anne live in an apartment in Paris and have been getting along just fine without anyone’s help. They are retired musicians and have a simple life. But one day Anne becomes paralyzed and Georges takes care of her. She goes downhill slowly at first and then more rapidly, requiring part-time nursing care.
Though Georges is devoted to Anne, she tells him, while she’s still able to speak, that she probably would not be able to care for him or cope so well if their circumstances were reversed. Nonetheless, he tenderly and patiently looks after her as best he can.
He keeps her condition from Eva, who supposedly worries but continues to put her family and career first. When she does visit to look in on her mother, Georges tells her there is nothing she can do, and she makes no offer to help in any way.
“Amour” is not overly filled with dialogue, but actions speak louder than words in this movie. Kudos to writer/director Michael Haneke. And, though it is a timeless plot, Trintignant and Riva expertly bring it to life, give it perspective, and share it with us. However, if you are not into somber and touching, you would be bored.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.