I think most of us would agree that good stories, whether that be a novel, a comic book, a movie, or a tv show, all have some sort of reflection period in them that make us question something about ourselves, or in a greater sense, humanity. These are the stories that stick with us. I’ll never forget the aging love story in Amour. I’ll never forget how The Fountain gave me insight on how one might struggle coping with the death of a loved one. I’ll never forget how The Descendants made me want to leave a positive legacy for my children someday. The themes and messages a film leaves as its legacy have always interested me much more than say technical achievements, or quality of acting.
(2012 – Director: Michael Haneke Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva)
Georges and Anne (the title characters) don’t have a magical love that one would expect in a movie titled Love. Rather, it’s that George and Anne’s love for one another shows us that love isn’t about emotion at all. It’s about companionship, and bravery. Amour will hit you in the gut with its authenticity and boldness, but also with its simplicity and openness of what the human spirit can withstand.