Oscar-Winning ‘Amour’ Provides Unflinching Look at Aging, Dying

Posted on 03/26/2013

ABC News: Now that “Amour” has won the Oscar for best foreign-language film, let us pause for a moment to consider the significance of the Academy’s nominating such a film for one of the most prestigious awards in Hollywood.

In “Amour,” the French, who seem to have an innate cultural clarity and ability to talk about subjects that tie Americans in knots – think sex, food and political shenanigans – show us how to take an unflinching look at dying.

If the Academy of Motion Pictures has taken the unusual step of bestowing an Oscar to a French-language about aging and dying, could that mean that we are finally ready as a country to begin talking about such difficult issues?

It’s refreshing to see the Academy’s  giving a vote of confidence to the cultural change that we at ABC News and The Conversation Project believe in.

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke frames this end-of-life story in a context of deep intimacy and emotional richness, even as he never sidesteps the grimness of decline. The extraordinary performances of veteran actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as Georges and Anne take us step by step, detail by poignant detail, through the unraveling of the lives of this elegant elderly couple.

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