Saturday, March 2, 2013

Old love

AMOUR (2012) was hauntingly beautiful and poetic I had to take breaks in between scenes to finish it. The film was about two retired music teachers, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), who had been married for a long time.

One day, while eating breakfast, Anne was found staring blankly, as if she were somewhere else, unresponsive to any verbal and tactile stimuli. At the back of my mind, I thought maybe it could've been an absence seizure. It turned out to be a stroke. Her carotid artery was blocked. She was scheduled for surgery which didn't go well. She went home paralyzed on her right side. Anne made Georges promise not to take her to the hospital, regardless of what happened.

Anne's condition deteriorated further after she had suffered another attack. She had mumbled speech. She lost her appetite, and she was bedridden most of the time. Georges hired a nurse to help him take care of Anne. Georges would sing to Anne and tell him stories of his childhood.

Old people fascinate me. I like talking and interacting with them. They have lots of stories to tell,
without the haughtiness and pride of youth. 

You want to get married and stay together for a long time? Watch this film.  

What Georges did in the end was wrong, but I think he really, truly, and passionately loved Anne to the end. 



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