Amour

  • Review Date: December 11, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 127 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Complex drama with violence is demanding for any age group.
  • Review Date: December 11, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 127 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie raises complex issues about old age, sickness, and care, and it will inspire discussions among those brave enough to see it. In some scenes, characters behave bravely, admirably, and responsibly in terms of caring for others, but in other scenes, they act selfishly, desperately, and horribly.

Positive role models

The main male character sometimes shows bravery and responsibility and at other times seems cynical, as well as monstrous. He's not really a "role model," per se, though he makes audiences question what they would do in the same situation. The main female character, who's ill, doesn't get the chance to become a role model. (She doesn't handle her sickness well.)

Violence

One horrible, shocking moment of life-changing violence. A dead body is shown. Also some arguing and a scary nightmare sequence, plus some generally upsetting sequences around the care of a sick, elderly invalid (falling down, peeing the bed, etc.).

Sex

The elderly female lead is briefly seen naked while being bathed. The couple's grown daughter tells a verbal story about an extramarital affair.

Language

Though the movie has little foul language, one scene contains an argument with the words "f--k" and "prick." Other words include "damn" and "for Christ's sakes."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not an issue, though in an early scene, after coming home from a concert, the elderly gentleman says that he'd like "another drink."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Amour is an acclaimed but emotionally harrowing movie -- in French with English subtitles -- about how an elderly couple deals with a sharp decline in health. The title translates to "love," though this title can be taken both literally and ironically. There's one scene of shocking, life-changing violence, as well as some arguing (the argument contains a use of the word "f--k") and a nightmare sequence. There's a story about adultery, and an old woman is glimpsed naked while bathing. Thanks to many awards and strong critical reception, movie nuts will be interested in seeing what this is all about, but despite a PG-13 rating, Amour's mature subject matter is best for older teens and adults.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) are a loving husband and wife, both in their eighties and both retired music teachers. One night, they go to a concert to see one of their most successful students. The next morning, Anne freezes up in the middle of a conversation. After a trip to the hospital, it's revealed that she has suffered a stroke and is now paralyzed on one side. Georges opts to keep her at home and hires nurses to help care for her. As Anne's condition worsens and she's no longer able to communicate, the situation becomes more and more unbearable for George and their grown daughter, Eva (Isabelle Huppert). Finally George is faced with a tough decision and a hard question: How much does he truly love Anne?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Acclaimed German-born director Michael Haneke makes movies like a kid with a magnifying glass, tormenting ants. On the one hand, he's not safe, but on the other, he has a kind of disdain toward his viewers. His films are like a challenge to see how strong a viewer's constitution is. There's a certain chilliness in the air, and it often seems as if Haneke doesn't care about his characters as more than just moral experiments. (The title, AMOUR, which translates to "love," can be seen as both literal and ironic.)

As a result, some viewers may come away from the movie with their heads full of thoughts but their hearts largely untouched. Yet Amour is an exceedingly well-made movie, with excellent acting, carefully chosen shots that emphasize the drama, and complex moral layers that force viewers to consider very tough questions. Additionally, it's a rarity to see movies about older folks, and in that, the performances by these veteran actors are exemplary. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Amour's violent turning point. What brought about this violence? Was it done through love or hate? Was it justified?

  • Why is the movie called "love"? What are some examples of love in the movie?

  • Why is it so difficult to tell or listen to stories about older people getting sick?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 19, 2012
DVD release date:August 20, 2013
Cast:Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Director:Michael Haneke
Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
Genre:Drama
Run time:127 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language
Awards:Academy Award, Golden Globe

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Parent Written byShivom Oza January 10, 2013
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11
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Amour (2012) Review by Shivom Oza - A Compelling Film On Unconditional Love

The lives of Georges and Anne, both of them retired music teachers, change when one of them gets a paralytic stroke. The film is about unconditional love. 'Amour' plays out the emotional card wonderfully. The two leads deliver outstanding performances. However, in its entirety, 'Amour' leaves a lot to be desired. The winner of Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, the Austrian film was screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival as a part of the 'World Cinema' section. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired music teachers leading a comfortable life in their plush apartment in Paris. Their daughter Eva, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her estranged husband. All goes fine for the couple, until one day when Anne suffers an attack which paralyses her arm. Her condition worsens post a surgery where she bears the brunt of the 5 per cent failure rate. It is at this point, where Anne is confined to the wheelchair and her bed throughout the day, when the love between the couple is really tested. Georges and Anne still try to lead their lives as normally as they possibly can, given the circumstances. However, with Anne's growing problems and Georges' own old-age concerns, there are pitfalls one too many. The story is pretty simple. The film is more about 'individual moments'. Georges' inner struggle, the love for his wife, his defiance in ignoring the 'expert' advice of his daughter and his neighbours and battling his own old-age problems, are captured wonderfully. Eva, in spite of being devastated owing to her mother's condition, is shown to be a more practical person rather than an emotional one. Although she does pay the odd visits to her ailing mother, that emotional connect isn't quite there. The atmosphere of a family, wherein you have someone as ill as Anne, is portrayed realistically. There are no emotional outbursts, just helpless, melancholic sighs. Silence plays an important part in the film. Although it wonderfully captures the mood, it does slow the film down considerably. The rapport between the husband and the wife is wonderfully shown. Immense control in needed to play such characters, and both Jean-Louis and Emmanuelle come out shining. The film, albeit not a heart-wrenching love story, is a sensitive take on old-age. At many points, you will relate to the story notwithstanding your age. On the outset, it is about old-age love but the subject does have a universal appeal. Is love only about finding convenience or is it about adjusting and fending for the other person? If it is the latter, then how far can you go? 'Amour' answers this question. Michael Haneke delivers a fine film. This is as real as cinema can get. Tedious it may be, but it still remains 'real'. Just because it has won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, does not make it a must-watch. Those who are not fond of 'meditative' films will not like this one. For the rest, love is not as rosy as some books and movies portray. Shivom Oza
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old Written byStephen the great February 24, 2013
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11 and up

a great movie with a mature storyline. Kids will get bored. I think the swearing isnt that bad and the violence either. There isnt much sexual content. Its to mature for kids under the age of 11.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaitham Bayazeed August 26, 2013
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HBayazeed Review: Amour

Amour is riveting, moving and powerful. But it is not enjoyable or appealing to teens. This is a strong acted film, done with passion and style. It is absorbing although depressing, and somehow dark but again in sad way.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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