Join me, Pat, for the Los Angeles general release of Michael Haneke's award winning new movie, which will be the first feature in the newly remodeled Laemmle's Royal theatre. It's a difficult subject matter (aging, death, loss) but some critics are calling this the best film of the year (including LA Film Critics) and even one of the best films of all time (see David Thomson quote below). Take a look at the trailer and see what you think.
Laemmle's Royal has been remodeled and is reopening on December 19. It will now be a triplex with stadium seating. There are no reserved seats in this theater but advanced tickets are now available online, or you can buy them at the door if you come early.
I will schedule dinner nearby for after the movie as a separate meetup.
AMOUR won Michael Haneke his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Haneke also received the prize for his last film, THE WHITE RIBBON. With AMOUR, Haneke gives us a masterpiece of compassion and tenderness told through the brilliant performances of two acting legends, Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour). They play a married couple in their 80s whose long happy routine of life is sharply interrupted when a stroke causes one of them to gradually succumb to paralysis and dementia. The couple’s reaction is to retreat from the world – to the point of not even allowing their daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert--The Piano Teacher, etc. ) into their apartment. She ultimately has to force her way inside in order to find out what is going on with her parents. The film is fearless in the way in which it embraces the impending tragedy. Without cliché or cynicism, Haneke gives us permission to believe that unconditional love will endure after death.
Amour was awarded the top film of the year award by the Los Angeles Film Critics last week and won the top four prizes at the European Film Awards on December 1st.
"But now at the end of the year comes a masterpiece, not just the best of the year, but one of the best ever: Michael Haneke’s Amour." (David Thomson, The New Republic)
“A tender, wrenching, impeccably directed story of love and death.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Metacritic: 88%