DVD - 2013 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A touching tale of a loving couple whose unbreakable bonds of marriage are tested by life's greatest challenge.

Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda


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Dec 31, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

George and Anne are an elderly couple who have enjoyed a long and successful life. Sharing a mutual love for the arts, their sumptuous Parisian apartment is overflowing with paintings, literature, and music. It all ends one day when Anne suffers a series of strokes leaving her partially paralyzed and unable to look after herself. With a bit of outside help George willingly assumes the role of nursemaid, but as his wife continues to deteriorate into a confused and angry shadow of her former self the demands she places on him will test the true limits of love. Michael Haneke forgoes his usual chilled detachment in this brutal yet compassionate look at a golden couple suddenly faced with life’s crueler reality. Refusing to spare his audience, he allows the camera to record Anne’s slow and awful descent from a fiercely intelligent woman of means to a babbling old lady lying in a puddle of urine while her bewildered husband tries in vain to make the world right again. Beyond the mere physical humiliations however lies an even deeper spiritual despair reflected in Anne’s desperate attempts to assert some control over her grim destiny. This is perhaps Haneke’s most powerful and accessible work to date; a perfect mix of harsh realism tempered by moments of quiet devotion. His delicate visual metaphors add depth without contrivance: a series of oil paintings depict isolated couples dwarfed by immense twilit landscapes while an errant pigeon proves to be a winged herald. Finally, the beautifully enigmatic ending, foreshadowed by the film’s opening scene, is appropriately sombre yet hints at a greater truth which lies just beyond that final door... Pure cinematic art.

Oct 09, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found it fascinating that the director keeps sequences that would normally be edited out. This is a good film, with a typical French (hanging) ending.

Sep 02, 2014
  • hecto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Yes, il faut s'armer de patience at times, but those who complain about the slowness of the film have missed the point. A harrowing situation in which we are given a love story without the slightest sentimentality. Trintignant is astonishing; this is surely his finest performance.

Jul 02, 2014
  • pol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

With the possible exception of "Cries and Whispers" and its long, drawn-out, realistic scenes of someone dying slowly of cancer, this is the most horrific and painfully moving film I have ever seen. Like Bergman's film it is certainly not for everyone and very difficult to watch. Like Sarah Polley's great "Away from Her" it is just as heartbreaking to witness the healthy partner's pain as it is to watch the deteriorating partner. Which of them, indeed, is suffering more? What makes this film a true horror story is that while none of us will ever actually encounter any ghouls or psycho killers, we all have something like this in our future, perhaps for ourselves or perhaps for a loved one, or both. The title says it all. Not a film for the shallow or heartless.

Jul 02, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

German director Michael Haneke casted two senile actors in this film about aging, love, loss of independence and generation gap. Much patience is required and I can see why some people would find it too slow. Well, it is life for an aging couple in their apartment in Paris. So things had to move slowly. As you can guess, do not expect a happy ending here, but it is one that is moving, and one that I will remember for a long time. English subtitles.

May 04, 2014
  • movie20 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Slow, but good movie. I did fast forward threw some parts where nothing was happening. A tragic story of how an elderly couple deal with life when one becomes ill. Not easy to watch, but a good basic story, which could happen to anyone.

Mar 06, 2014
  • brianthecat2 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

not what expected. but afterall it is French. love? no. caring? no. afraid to let go? yes.
not sad, not romantic, a little benign.

Mar 03, 2014
  • anitabean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Few films tell a story of love as bravely as this. I found it very affecting and very real. It's not easy to watch, but that's why its a great film.

Mar 03, 2014
  • IrishMoon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredibly compassionate, loving film that shows kindness in a way that many who have not shared a similar experience would never, ever understand.

Feb 27, 2014
  • brendangel rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

please do not waste your money on this boring movie, there is no love a wrong message, also do not understand why he won the oscar?? the most boring and longest of all

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Feb 25, 2014
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