Amour – A film with stars in their eighties up for Academy Award

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There have been a number of wonderful films produced recently featuring older performers and stories about old age.  We love that "Amour", written and directed by Michael Haneke, is nominated for Best Picture in this year's Oscars (Academy Awards), Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress, and Haneke for Best Directing and Writing (original screenplay).   On February 24, we hope Amour is honoured.

From the Programmer's Notes at the Toronto Film Festival:  Drawing on the extraordinary talents of two of the finest and most legendary performers in the history of French cinema — Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bertolucci’s The Conformist, Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs: Rouge) and Emmanuelle Riva (Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour) — Haneke details the painful dilemma that confronts Anne and :  Drawing on the extraordinary talents of two of the finest and most legendary performers in the history of French cinema — Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bertolucci’s The Conformist, Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs: Rouge) and Emmanuelle Riva (Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour) — Haneke details the painful dilemma that confronts Anne and
Georges Laurent, a married couple in their eighties, as one of them gradually succumbs to illness. Ensconced in an apartment that fits them like an old glove, settled happily into their long-established domestic routines, their world is upended when Anne suddenly displays symptoms of a stroke. With Anne now partially paralyzed, Georges struggles to care for her at home, with each day bringing new, ever more painful challenges. A visit from the couple’s dutiful daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) only further indicates how distant Georges and Anne’s lives now are from the rest of the world — a private realm that grows ever more solitary as Anne slips slowly, unbearably, away.