A day after watching this, scenes from the movie continue to haunt my thoughts. Perhaps because my parents are in the same situation -- my Tatay takes care of my Nanay after she suffered a stroke two years ago. All my fears about my parents rose to the surface while I was watching the film. I can only console myself that my mother is doing well and my father remains very active even at his age.
But this is not really a movie about old age and death but of love. How will love fare when taking care of your partner becomes a daily chore, when irritation becomes the norm (the wife resenting her condition, and the husband becoming annoyed at his wife's umbrage), and patience IS a much needed virtue.
Amour (2012) is another disturbing film by Michael Haneke nominated for Best Picture in this year's Oscars. From the opening scene with the police breaking down the doors to the old couple's apartment to find only the dead wife, Anne (played by Emmanuelle Riva, who is also nominated for Best Actress), and the husband, George (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, who should also have been nominated for Best Actor), nowhere to be found, the narrative takes a step back to a scene at a piano concert of Anne's former student. Upon arriving back at their apartment from the after-party, the couple finds the lock unsuccessfully jimmied from an aborted burglary. At breakfast the following morning, Anne "spaces out" -- a result of a stroke -- and this scene marks the beginning of a downhill spiral for the couple.
I won't say anything more about the film's narrative except that it is a gripping portrayal of an abiding love. I haven't seen all of the Best Picture nominees, but this sure is a strong contender. ✍
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