'Amour': The Letting Go

Michael Haneke places his Inevitable Awful Event out front

In keeping within its limited boundaries, in applying an unflinching style to an inevitable process, Amour has a certain perfection to it, but what Haneke expresses thereby—that culture is no protection from the final horror, that death be not proud—is so meager as to make it a single-minded, barren perfection. Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what? A movie in which incident is as spare as it is in Amour can certainly be great; a movie in which ideas and feelings are so sparse cannot.

 

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Amour was written and directed by Michael Haneke; and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert and Alexandre Tharaud. Rated PG-13. Click here for show times and theaters.

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