So lately, I have been wondering about how will it be like when you get old. So I went to see this movie. There are moments when, the reality of life just become so unbearable to confront..and the ending was unexpected.
Before seeing the movie, I was expecting to see what love means to old couple. The amazing thing about French/European film is, they never give you an answer, but keeps you wonder and getting more confused.
Quotes from Michael Haneke, director of film “Amour”
“My films are intended as polemical statements against the American ‘barrel down’ cinema and its dis-empowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false (because too quick) answers, for clarifying distance in place of violating closeness, for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus.”
“Pornography, it seems to me, is no different from war films or propaganda films in that it tries to make the visceral, horrific, or transgressive elements of life consumable.””
Film is 24 lies per second at the service of truth, or at the service of the attempt to find the truth.”
“I do think that our perception of reality is fragmentary, and in 20th-century literature, it’s totally normal to not describe reality as something whole and completely transportable and explicable. That’s been accepted in novels. But genre films always pretend that reality is transportable, which means that it is explicable.”
Hmm, another thing though is it’s so hard to tell which country is a film from nowadays. For example, Amour is a film shot in France, actors spoke in French, the story happens in Paris, But the production is between Austria, France and Germany. The Director was born in Germany, but an Austrian nationality..maybe I was not so correct to call it a French film.