Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012) Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert; Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

I haven’t changed my initial position about this. I see it as a ‘training film for geriatric nurses and hospice carers’. I think it rubs our noses (and eyes) in the unpleasant trivia of growing old and infirm and disabled. We have an idea what happens. We don’t wish to see it before it does. Do I think that Riva earned her BAFTA as an actress? No; she got it for guts. Was she even acting much really? Did I feel the love? No.

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