Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, two veterans of classic French films, re-appear in the intensely emotional Amour.
Old age is a key theme this week in three films, the much celebrated Amour, the comic Quartet and The Last Stand with the return of Arnold. Time itself is contemplated in another film. There’s also a ghost story, a paranoid fantasy and Canada’s 10 best of last year.
Here’s this week's list:
Amour: 5 stars
Quartet: 3 ½
The Last Stand: 3
Camera Shy: 3
The End of Time: 3
Rebelle (of Canada’s Top 10): 4
Mama: 2 ½
Broken City: --
AMOUR: It starts with a battering ram and ends with a shock but in between Michael Haneke’s fine film is a sensitive and very humane consideration of something we don’t often want to think about: what old age will do to us. And what it eventually will bring on. As unsettling as the subject is, and we’re spared few details, the film is not difficult to watch because the overriding tone, as the title suggests, is love.