A faultless love story

Amour (12A) Heart of Hawick

IF PERFECTION is a clean line, you won’t find a dot of dirt on Amour.

Writer/director Michael Haneke seldom moves the camera and his clarity of vision reflects the relentless advance towards incapacity.

The love that sang its praises in the early years becomes muffled by age, the body breaks down and the heart flutters to the floor. Growing old is the final frontier where energy and patience collapse.

Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired music teachers in their 80s living comfortably in an elegant Parisian apartment. When Anne suffers a stroke, Georges is forced to face the possibility of her death.

The performances are flawless, especially Riva, who won a Best Actress Bafta and should have won an Oscar.

In artistic terms, Amour is comparable to a Michelangelo sketch.