Oscar Nominated: Amour @ Varsity Cinema

  • January 29, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This movie is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film and Best Picture categories.  I'm looking forward to watching this film, which has received a lot of positive reviews.

It is recommended you purchase your ticket in advance to avoid sellout disappointment on the day of the event.

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Amour (French w/ Eng Subs)

Movie synopsis:

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Trailer:

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Movie

Meetup Location: By the railings across from the box office. I will have my blue shoulder bag.

Meetup time: 6:00pm. I will wait until 6:20pm. Since we have a large group interested in the movie, I have to set the start time a little earlier.  I will send you in groups of 8-10.

The movie starts @ 7pm

Movie Running Time: 2h08m

Cost of movie: $7.99 (if you get a Scene Card, you get an addition 10% discount. Please visit www.scene.ca for more details on how to get the card - which is free!)

After the Movie: Hue's Kitchen

I look forward to seeing you there!!

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  • Lisa

    I am wondering about the significance of the childhood story the husband told his wife at the end of the movie. What do you think is the significance of that?

    January 30, 2013

    • Guen

      Hmm. True, she definitively has/had a strong personality. Interesting point of you Phil, about affection to each other I mean. Displayed or not I felt differently. In terms of daughter, I gave that to her having British husband(!) and living in London. The daughter must have moved out, and married for some time before, as she has 2 grown children. One son 26 years of age, on his own also musician. (I can talk about this movie for ever. I am thinking about his nightmare -water hall way- his own hand suffocating him. Any thoughts? )

      January 31, 2013

    • Phil D

      I think the hand was Anne's paralyzed hand. That's the interpretation I've read, and it makes sense.

      1 · January 31, 2013

  • Chris

    Ahhh! this sounds like a good movie. I was trying to save money. I knew I was going to see it sometime; now I'll have to stop reading your posts until after and then I'll be weighing in. [:D

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Jeannie

      are you going to see Clockwork Orange?

      January 31, 2013

    • Lisa

      Chris--By all means impress with both your manliness and sensitive self!

      January 31, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hmmmm--Reading ths movie discussion makes me think that it would be a great final exam for anyone in my field of work! My brain is assessing via theory non-stop. Thanks for the camp story input and the discussion--Love it.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Lonya

    I know that water in a dream signifies the depth of emotions......perhaps that's the significance of the water at various points in this movie.

    2 · January 30, 2013

    • Phil D

      That makes sense. Thanks Lonya!

      January 31, 2013

  • Phil D

    I was going through the various discussions in the IMDB and they talk about the various metaphors. But then there's one I just thought about that might be a metaphor as well - water. Water in the sink at various points in the movie, water in the hallway during the dream. I didn't see any topics on IMDB about water, mostly about the pigeon. Any thoughts about water as symbolism, or am I looking too hard?

    January 30, 2013

    • Lisa

      When I think about literary references to water, they usually exemplfy refreshment and/or a source of life. Perhaps, the movie had so many water flowing scences, especially in reference to the wife, because death surrounded her, but life and love needed to flow to refresh her loved ones. Re: The Pigeon--My parents, who are Barbadian, would say that "animals know". The pigeon always arrived at the right times in the movie.

      1 · January 30, 2013

    • Phil D

      some other comments I've read also say in some cultures the pigeon is a symbol for death. Shooing it away means he was trying to ward it off.

      January 30, 2013

  • Jeannie

    The presence of water contributed to the feeling of imminent death,or at least helplessness. It was always intrusively threatening. ...dripping,flooding,washing....I thought that they were either going to sink into a state of pain and sadness or soar to a better level of Life. The pidgeon took them there,I think,...the final painting of heavenly clouds illustrated this.
    I was really happy when he went with her.

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was surprised at the ending - didnt see it coming at all - it made me think & empathize more about end of life issues. Very well done movie.

    January 30, 2013

  • Jeannie

    AND the subway was free!

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Guen

      :)

      January 30, 2013

  • Kim

    Great to meet everyone yesterday... Movie was a good conversation starter, esp the sudden twist near the end

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Guen

    I found the movie so very real, so heartbreaking yet tender. Thought provoking about one's own illness and death?

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Phil D

    Interesting film! The pacing was very slow and deliberate, but I think that was done to give you a sense of the never-ending situation. It was like we were getting snap shots of life in that place they lived (notice the film never leaves the apartment once the wife gets sick, but that makes the ending more significant and poignant). Thanks everyone who came out, and thanks to the ladies who joined me after at Hue's Kitchen. Good news - they have Red Velvet cheesecake again! ;)

    January 29, 2013

    • Lisa

      Oh no, Phil! I missed Red Velvet Cheesecake? :(

      1 · January 30, 2013

    • Guen

      yes, it was very good. :)

      January 30, 2013

  • Jeannie

    It was thought-provoking and very,very good.I found both of the actors spell-binding.
    It's good to let the audience interpret the action and come to their own conclusions.

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Clodagh

    Very thought-provoking movie

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Lisa

    A very real and moving film.

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Phil D

    We're inside, sitting rows 6 and 7.

    January 29, 2013

  • Karen L

    Salut, rappelez-vous d'apporter quelques tissus. Prendre plaisir!

    January 24, 2013

    • Phil D

      Thanks, Karen. I won't be crying, but I'm sure there will be sniffling throughout.

      January 24, 2013

    • Jeannie

      oui,je sais

      January 25, 2013

  • Phil D

    Looks like a lot of people are interested in this one. I've capped off the event at 27 Going with a waiting list. If you know for sure that you are going, I would advise you buy your ticket in advance via Cineplex.com. I'm going to buy mine the Thursday before the meetup.

    January 16, 2013

    • Chris

      Rear Window was on at yonge/dundas last night. I was surprised nobody had a group going. I would've suggested it but I only saw the listing last minute.

      1 · January 23, 2013

    • Phil D

      Thanks Chris. I did the Rust & Bone meetup yesterday, so I wouldn't have been able to go.

      January 23, 2013

  • Harith A.

    As a(n Austrian-born) fan of Haneke , it is my obligation, nay, my duty to see this in the cinema.

    1 · January 17, 2013

    • Jeannie

      Do you revere Arnold?

      1 · January 17, 2013

    • Phil D

      One of my all-time favourite cinematic Austrian references. :) http://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · January 17, 2013

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