Amour, the Austrian-produced Palm D'or winner by acclaimed director Michael Haneke, I've finally seen the ninth and final Best Picture nominee, and I can sum up the feeling with one simple word:
Silver Linings Playbook), the fact that this man has not been more recognized for his movie is a bit of a downer. Of course, while Trintignant is something to be reckoned with, Riva puts him in his place with the kind of performance that MAKES these kind of character-driven dramas work. In what is a truly haunting role, Riva must go from fully-functional to broken over the course of the film, and the differences from scene to scene are heartbreaking to witness in full, as Anne slowly loses all ability to move, speak and think clearly. She clearly earned that Best Actress nod, and if she were to take it from the outstretched (albeit worthy) hands of Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, I won't argue one whit. The supporting cast is well-balanced with talent, the best being Isabelle Huppert as George and Anne's daughter, who breaks down as her mother's deterioration continues. In all, this is a very, VERY good cast put forth by Haneke.
Beasts of the Southern Wild) can beat out Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck for a nomination, but HANEKE? Sorry, I just don't see it.