Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Best Leading Actress 2012: Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

Amour is a great film about the marriage at the end of the life, when one suffers from an illness and the other one takes care of him. It's really a beautiful story full of emotions and it's really disturbing, especially for a young man like me to watch something like this. I don't want to talk too much about it, so I wouldn't spoil the experience of those, who haven't seen it yet.
Emmanuelle Riva play a woman, which suffers from multiple strokes and her husband must take care of her. The film wonderfully show the love of the married couple. Even after all those years. Riva's character changes throughout the film. At the beginning she is an ordinary nice old lady that is extremely easy to love. After her first stroke she is the same old lady with some physical disorder, but the more of them she has, the more disordered she is. What I'm trying to say is, that this character gives her many acting opportunities. I mean, if this film was made in Hollywood and Riva's character was played by someone else, no one would have doubts about her winning. But this way she should be happy even for her nomination...
The worst thing about great performances is, that it's hard to talk about them. They're great and that's it. When you're talking about a bad performance, you can name the bad things about it, but you can't name what was good about good performance. The great was everything. How wonderfully she handles every scene, how greatly she shows the love to her husband, how greatly she shows the pain of her character, how great the chemistry between her and Trignant is, how well she handles the character and how you just love her performance because of her.
This is that kind of performance, which you can't say is not good. It's so remarkable and powerful, that you just can't resist it and deny the fact, it's excellent. For instance, Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream, or Kathy Bates in Misery also belong here. I don't know what else to say, this is the truly perfect and flawless performance...

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