Amour @ Regent Square

Golden Globe WINNER: Best Foreign Film
Oscar Nominee: Best Picture, Director, Foreign Language, Actress & Screenplay

- Showtime at 8 pm, meet in lobby by 7:50 pm -

The National Society of Film Critics named this the best film of the year, and it has won several awards including the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It's a bittersweet love story about retired music teachers Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who are living a quiet life in their Paris apartment. When Anne suffers a stroke and her condition deteriorates she exacts a promise from her husband. Powered by beautiful acting and an uncharacteristically tender script by Michael Heneke, it co-stars Isabelle Huppert. With subtitles. (Michael Heneke; France; 2012; 127 min)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Tuc3zjvJU8

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  • Chris M

    I am definitely going to try and see it another night (when I don't have work to do!!!) since it's playing through Feb 28.

    February 18, 2013

  • Susan

    Amour is also showing at the galleria in the south hills if anyone wants to dinner and see it again there

    February 18, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Gwen and Sue: I think this film is available via internet. I don't have a way to hook my laptop up to my TV monitor, but maybe someone else does and we could watch as a group?

    February 18, 2013

    • S B (.

      Cheryl, I don't know of any legal way to watch this online ... but I could be totally out of today's technological loop concerning movies!

      February 18, 2013

    • Susan

      Let me know where the link is. I missed the movie on Friday.

      February 18, 2013

  • Gwen

    I probably do not want to see the entire movie again. I may watch the beginning, and the end, then watch the bonus features that have interviews with director and actors, to get their views on the movie. I will get it from the library, when it is available.

    February 18, 2013

  • Barbara

    Beautiful movie.

    February 18, 2013

  • Gwen

    When it comes out on DVD, I'm looking forward to borrowing the DVD from Carnegie Library, and watching the special features, like an interview with the director and with the actors, and a segment on "the making of the movie". I'm curious to hear if she used botox or some other chemical to paralyze part of her face.

    February 17, 2013

    • S B (.

      I am with you, Gwen, can't wait to see this again, and maybe again...

      February 17, 2013

  • S B (.

    Cheryl, all, check out this interview with the director who says sometimes, a bird is just a bird.
    http://www.afc.at/jart/prj3/afc/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1164272180506&artikel_id=1332442011817

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Gretchen F.

    An amazing film.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Last one: A brilliant video review of Amour:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50139827n

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Leslie

    "Amour" is a breathtakingly beautiful movie.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Spoiler Alert!
    An explanation of the "bird symbolism" by Wm Haskins:

    Amour also uses beautiful symbolism, in many ways but most specifically in the form of a pigeon twice arriving at Georges and Anne's home. The bird finds its way in through an open window, popping about the apartment- the first time through, Georges shoos it away, chasing it back to the window and out of the apartment. The second- after Anne has already passed away- he captures and cradles closely in his arms. In both of these instances the pigeon represents death, passage into the afterlife- he wants more than anything to keep his wife alive, and make her well again, and chases the bird off. Once she has passed, however, there is little left on Earth for Georges, and he embraces death to join his beloved Anne.

    February 16, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Another review, from William Haskins at examiner.com
    http://www.examiner.com/review/...

    The amazing acting, however, is only a small portion of the very large picture that is Amour. It owes everything to the script from Haneke and to his careful direction. The camerawork is a bit jarring at first; shots remain steady for quite a long time, looking at characters from behind or from the side, keeping things out of focus, and keeping its distance; an interesting choice that serves to truly isolate Anne and Georges.

    Continued below............

    February 16, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Continued from the Wm Haskins review:

    ........In some scenes the camerawork is deliberately meant to make the viewer almost uncomfortable; others, it serves to illustrate the slow, stagnant lives that the two of them live. The viewer is only allowed certain access to these moments, the minutes that make up these lives. Georges and Eva have a discussion about her relationships and career- Georges has his back to the camera, while all the viewer can see is Eva. Haneke closes the audience off emotionally from Georges, forcing them to wonder with him at what happened to Anne in the prior scene.

    February 16, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Excerpt from a review by James Bernardinelli of Reelviews:

    Although predominantly a tragedy about the end of life, Amour also makes a profound statement about what constitutes true love. Romantic poets often equate sacrifice with some grand gesture; Haneke gets real with it. It's cleaning bedpans, rubbing on ointments to prevent bedsores, and changing diapers. It's suffering along with a loved one because they hurt and there's nothing you can do to ease their discomfort. And it's making decisions about the future when there really isn't one. This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.

    Read the rest of the review at:

    http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=2572

    February 16, 2013

  • S B (.

    Armour is a heartbreaking testament to love. Great night, nice dinner and meetup prior to movie and good conversation after.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful yet heartbreaking movie of love...

    2 · February 16, 2013

  • Chris M

    I am stuck working on an editing project that is taking much longer than I anticipated. Sad to miss this, but hope to attend another night.

    February 15, 2013

  • Chris M

    Hey all, I am stuck finishing an editing project and won't make dinner. But I will see everyone at the theater!!!

    February 15, 2013

    • Chris M

      Actually, I am still stuck here and won't be done in time to get the bus. So sorry and so bummed. :(

      February 15, 2013

  • Susan

    I can't make it sorry,

    February 15, 2013

  • Diana

    Hi, we'll try to make it for the dinner too.

    February 15, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Chris, how many do you expect for dinner? I'd like to add two.

    February 15, 2013

    • S B (.

      There's you-Chris, Gwen, Gene, Susan, Bararba, Kim, and myself for dinner plus Cheryl and her two. Can't wait to see this movie; Cheryl -- so happy you are feeling better!!!!!!!!!

      February 15, 2013

    • Cheryl

      Not 100% better, but better! Looking forward to seeing you all!

      1 · February 15, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Can't make this tonite, but will try to see it later.
    Great choice, thanks for inviting me.

    February 15, 2013

  • Neil R.

    Will probably see it on Tuesday 2/19 instead.

    February 14, 2013

  • Laura V.

    Had last minute event come up. Sorry to miss!

    February 14, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Sorry, something just came up.

    February 11, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Sorry, but something came up.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I will be in this area that night...so I cant wait to see the movie...if you are going out to eat let me know...I will be there!

    1 · February 10, 2013

    • Chris M

      We're meeting at Dunning's at 6 pm. I will have Arthouse meetup sign at table. The place isn't very big, so should be easy to find us.

      February 11, 2013

  • Barbara

    Hi,
    This is my first time with this group and I haven't met anyone yet. I'd like to tag along for dinner. Hope that's okay.

    February 11, 2013

    • Chris M

      We're meeting at Dunning's at 6 pm. I will have Arthouse meetup sign at table. The place isn't very big, so should be easy to find us.

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure, I'd love to join you for dinner.

    February 11, 2013

    • Chris M

      We're meeting at Dunning's at 6 pm. I will have Arthouse meetup sign at table. The place isn't very big, so should be easy to find us.

      February 11, 2013

  • Gene

    hi Girls want to meet early and have dinner across the street?

    January 15, 2013

    • Gwen

      Can you tell the person at the door where the meetup crowd is, so I can find you? I plan to be there.

      February 11, 2013

    • Chris M

      I'll have the Arthouse meetup sign on our table. The place isn't very big, so should be easy to find us.

      February 11, 2013

  • Marc S.

    Going to this another evening, but comes highly recommended from Mom.

    February 11, 2013

  • Naoko

    Hi. This is my first time with this group. I look forward to meeting with everyone!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to this another evening...enjoy!

    February 9, 2013

  • Chris M

    Awesome - 30 people! I've not hosted a meetup this size before...with such a large group and the popularity of the film, meetup group members are urged to arrive as close to 7:30 as possible (when box office opens), and to grab seats as soon as they'd like. I will wait in the lobby with a sign until 7:50, but cannot guarantee we will all sit together, of course. For those who want to sit with the group for sure, please arrive at 7:30.

    And if you cannot make it PLEASE change your RSVP.

    See you all (or many of you) there and I can't wait to see this!

    February 8, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Quick cuts at the beginning of the trailer hooked me, I'm in to see if it hold up.

    February 7, 2013

  • Leslie

    I'm a maybe. I'll update my RSVP the day of the event.

    February 4, 2013

  • Chris M

    As Cheryl said, this may pull in a large crowd, so please plan to meet between 7:30-7:45 (if you would like to sit with the group). Box office opens at 7:30, and we will probably have to grab seats right away. I will wait in the lobby (with a sign) until 7:50 for any latecomers. See you then!

    January 23, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I have a feeling the theatre will be full and suggest everyone get there a bit earlier.

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Looks like Gene and his harem.

    January 16, 2013

  • Gene

    haha very funny. I actually didn't see the date and I thought it was this upcomming Friday night, its a month away

    January 15, 2013

    • Joanne

      That gives you plenty of time to save up enough to take us all out to dinner :-)

      2 · January 15, 2013

    • S B (.

      And bring roses :)

      2 · January 16, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I've posted this on my Francofous French Meetup page as well.

    January 15, 2013

  • Cheryl

    So far, five people from my French group are attending as well.

    1 · January 15, 2013

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