This is no easy ride. Haneke’s Amour, a claustrophobic, unflinching look at an elderly couple’s love for each other as their mental and physical health gives way, is hard to watch for anyone with parents who’ve been through these throes. And, as with all of his films, there’s no sense of a Hollywood ending, no sense that you’ve been through the downs but life will always up on an up. No, its joys are harder-won. Two outstanding performances deftly catalogue that most rarely seen-on-screen of relationships – the love lives of the elderly. Dark, beautifully acted and sparse – a date movie this ain’t.
FilmWednesday April 10