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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In Amour, these two actors show us what love is, what it really looks like, and what it may, at its most secret moments, demand.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Magnificent in its simplicity and its relentless honesty about old age, illness and dying, Michael Haneke's Amour is a deliberately torturous watch.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Michael Haneke's French-language Amour, a perfect film about intertwined lives, proceeds at its own pace, and breathes so deeply that it takes your own breath away.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Complex drama with violence is demanding for any age group.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

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    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.)

What to watch for
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    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 false4

    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 false3

    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 false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and 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."