Tuesday, January 29, 2013


2012, Michael Haneke

A delicately etched portrayal of senility. Anne, 85, a former music teacher does not want to be sent to the hospital again at any cost. But as someone said, old age is not for sissies  There are many ways of expressing love. The film is hypnotic enough in it's description of a terminal condition, illuminated by mild strokes of lightening. At one point, he slaps her as she spits out the water he is force feeding her. But nothing has prepared you for the climax which combines the macabre, heroic and sublime, which no one but Haneke could have executed.. A grand drama soaring from mundane to epic .

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