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Empire's Best Films Of 2012
The Empire staff choose their top 20 of the year - is your favourite on the list?

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Amour

DIRECTOR Michael Haneke
STARS Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert

Michael Haneke isn't for everyone. You're as likely to find someone who fell asleep in The White Ribbon as one who thought it a minor masterpiece. But Amour, which matched The White Ribbon's Palme D'Or win, is about something with which everyone can identify: loss. It's the story of the loss of something you love, but also the loss of yourself. Jean Louis-Trintignant and Emanuelle Riva play an elderly couple who have been happily married many decades. They're smart, sophisticated, active. But when Riva's Anne suffers a stroke it changes every facet of both their lives. The 'slow sad decline' is not an uncommon plot for a film, but so often it's a portrait of a poor spouse caring for their invalid partner. This is every bit as much about Anne's fury at seeing herself slip from her grip and become a useless stranger, which her husband can do nothing to prevent. At times it's a furious film, full of frustration at the end none of us can stop. But above all it's a film full of love, about the desire to keep something you cherish but the strength to help it go. Unlike some other of Haneke's works, there's nothing to get; you just need to feel.
OLLY RICHARDS

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1 RE:
Avengers was a hugely entertaining movie, as was skyfall and there worthy of there positions! Should swap TDKR (the godfather 3 of the batman movies!) for the hobbit though! Read More

Posted on Thursday January 3, 2013, 17:07 by tfett

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You're a funny guy Empire, I like you. Thats why I'm going to kill you last. my list 2012 1) Django Unchained 2) Flight 3) Rust and Bone 4) Cloud Atlas 5) Safety Not Guaranteed 6) DREDD 7) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 8) Ted 9) Life of Pi 10) End of Watch Read More

Posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012, 14:35 by Oldb0y

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Totally agree with seven28uk - The Grey was brilliant, totally sucked me in and I have never researched so much about wolves until after seeing that film! Cabin in the Woods, although different, not exactly a film of the year top 20. I have only seen half of the films on the list - Headhunters a good call. Avengers, hmmmmmmmmmm.... Read More

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 14:52 by owenyunfat

4 RE: You Fools!
L: oxfordlover Seriously why isnt The Hobbit on the list, it was amazing, anyone who who complains about it is just hating on a successful film, just like Titanic all over again! What a load of idiotic nonsense! Read More

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 13:49 by Filmfan 2


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