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"Amour" at the Egyptian Theater - nominated for "Best Film"

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • Egyptian

We will be attending the 7:05 pm showing of "Amour" at the Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill. This film has recently been nominated for several Academy Awards including "Best Film", "Best Foreign Language Film", and "Best Actress" - Emmanuelle Riva). It has already won the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Here is a description of the film taken from Landmark Theatres' web site:

"Provocative writer/director Michael Haneke (Caché, The Piano Teacher), who previously won the Palme d'Or for The White Ribbon, won the prestigious Cannes award again for Amour ("Love"). Treating his characters with unusual warmth and sympathy, his new drama shows old age and death with unflinching honesty, but nevertheless lives up to its title. This is a touching portrait of a longtime married couple, whose bond of love remains strong facing any hardship. It stars two of France's best-loved actors, both in their eighties: Jean-Louis Trintignant (A Man and a Woman, Z, The Conformist) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour); both are superb. Georges and Anne are retired music teachers, living in a spacious apartment in Paris, venturing out occasionally to attend a concert by one of their former students. When Anne has an attack, Georges devotes himself to her care. Heartbreaking, uncommonly tender and haunting. With Isabelle Huppert. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress (Riva). In French. (Fully subtitled)"

Here is a trailer for this film:

Amour - trailer

Rottentomatoes currently (Jan 12) rates Amour at 93; here is a link to that page where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - Amour

Here are some clips from the review:

"A wrenching film that is sure to bring tears -- a lot of tears -- to your eyes and manages, in many ways, to affirm that love is worth sharing and life is worth living even in the most final of days." (San Jose Mercury)

"This is an unforgettable love story set at the close of day, as tragic and beautiful in its way as "Tristan und Isolde," and a portrait of the impossible beauty and fragility of life that will yield new experiences to every viewer and every viewing." (Salon)

Participants should claim a seat in the theater and then meet me in the lobby at 6:45 where we can meet each other and adjust where we are sitting. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black hiking rain hat, Russian faux fur winter hat if it is really cold. There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. I might be holding a blue and white "Windermere Cup" flag is the theater is crowded.

At the conclusion (ie, after all the credits have rolled by) there will be an optional food and snack stop at a nearby cafe or restaurant. Meet me in the outside lobby of the theater near the box office where we will regroup and decide where to go.

If you would like to have dinner before the showing please meet me at 5:15 outside of the Mediterranean Express restaurant (1417 Broadway, between Pike and Union Streets) where dinners are priced around $11 plus tax and tip; see menu:

Mediterranean Express menu

George Liu




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  • Rhonda

    Wow. I was so struck by this film that the follow-up talk was just too soon for me; I had to digest it a little more before I could talk about it or even hear others speak to it. This was a valuable experience whose impact will endure a long time for me.

    February 3, 2013

  • audre s.

    It was a beautifully made movie, very touching but also disturbing about what can happen to a loving couple at the end of their lives. Maybe too realistic for some people but I enjoyed its honesty and rawness.

    February 3, 2013

  • Devi T.

    Courageous acting and no-frills portrayal... Someone said it should be banned to over 80-yr-olds and anyone who's cared for an elderly relative...

    February 3, 2013

  • Pat F.

    Intense and unsettling. Company always enjoyable. Thank You George!

    February 3, 2013

  • Arjun S.

    I stopped by the Mediterranean place at 5:15. No one was there :( I hope everyone is still planning on making it to the show.

    February 2, 2013

    • George L.

      Participant Sandy and I were in the restaurant from 5:00 to 6:40. I was the only Asian male in the restaurant. Don't know how you missed me.

      February 2, 2013

  • mireille m.


    February 2, 2013

  • Gene L

    The meetup was great as usual. Unfortunately, the movie was very drawn out and depressing! I need a drink and happy conversation.

    February 2, 2013

  • Shannon M.

    Are we meeting up afterwards anywhere?

    1 · January 28, 2013

    • Christine

      Discussion afterwards would be great ^^

      January 28, 2013

    • George L.

      To quote from the above write-up: "At the conclusion (ie, after all the credits have rolled by) there will be an optional food and snack stop at a nearby cafe or restaurant. Meet me in the outside lobby of the theater near the box office where we will regroup and decide where to go." We might have a problem finding a single facility that can handle everyone and might have to break up into smaller groups. This cannot be predicted very well; we will have to see who actually shows up for the film and of that group how many want to discuss afterwards.

      January 28, 2013

  • George L.

    Janice: Amour has not even opened for the first time. Its Seattle premier is January 25.

    January 23, 2013

  • Coco

    Hi, I saw this movie in London and it was awesome. You will enjoy it.

    January 23, 2013

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