Running Time: 127 minutes
Directed by: Michael Haneke
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud
Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are retired music teachers who are enjoying their life in their eighties. However, when Anne suddenly has a stroke, everything in their lives took a turn. Anne’s steep mental and physical decline tests the couple’s love as Georges attempts to take care of her at home as she wishes.
What I really loved about this movie is the simplicity of it. The storyline was simple, it was just about an elderly couple, their lives prior to an incident, and their lives after the incident, it’s a simple love story. The way it shot was simple, most of the scenes were shot in one go, without much change in the angles. The makeup, the costumes, the set was also simplistic. Most or the whole film is done in the same apartment. The characters were only those few, mainly the couple. There was barely any music used throughout the film. I guess, that’s what really strikes a cord for the audience, and the story and the hardship of the characters really stood out because there was no other distractions throughout the film but what the storyteller, and the director want the audience to experience and see.
The acting was brilliant, especially with Emmanuelle Riva as Anne and Jean-Louis Trintignant as Georges. The slow decline of Anne’s health in the film was not only captured brilliantly, but the acting must be equally on par to make it convincing, and Anne’s portrayal was truly haunting and beautiful at the same time. The same goes for Jean-Louis as Georges, the devoted husband who took care of his wife as much as he could as his own health declined.
I think overall, the film is simply beautiful and haunting. Those are the only two words I could find at the end of the film. It was truly a masterpiece.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10