Amour – 7.7

An unflinching look at old age in almost documentary mode. The performances are impeccable, and I was even more impressed by Jean-Louis Trintignant than the Oscar-nominated Emmanuele Riva. With scarcely a plot, this is more a portrait, sad or heartwarming depending on your viewpoint. For those of us with aging parents, it is certainly as touching as it is troubling. (Although I awarded this a top spot, in futuro, on my 2012 list, it turned out to be not one of my favorite ten moments at the movies for the year – a reflection on its subject and narrow scope, not quality.)

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