By Liz López
The feature film from Austria, Amour, is the Official Selection for the 85th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and subsequently, has gone on to receive the nomination among nine for Best Picture, alongside Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook y Zero Dark Thirty. Although I do like the script written by Michael Haneke, who also serves as director of this film, I never expected this foreign film to receive recognition at this level. The theme is good and very timely, considering how many older people of advanced age live with medical issues and how the families are affected by the changes in the elderly. The film is not in English and it does have sub-titles, but with the great performance by Jean-Louis Trintignant who portrays Georges and Emmanuelle Riva, who portrays his wife, Anne that falls ill, this film is unforgettable, especially considering how many people suffer like they do; both from illness or pride.
Riva has been nominated in the Best Actress category for an Academy Award and she is also the eldest actress to be nominated. We shall see who will be the recipient among those nominated, including Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, the child actress Quvenzhané Wallis and Naomi Watts.
This film is also an Official Selection at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival. It is 127 minutes long and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA. I do recommend it, but for sure, viewers should be prepared for some very emotional scenes, especially for those individuals who may be going through this now with their loved ones.
Amour is now opening in the Arbor Theater and Violet Crown Cinema in Austin and the Santikos Theaters in San Antonio and Houston.