“Journalists always try to stick a label on directors,” Michael Haneke says. “For a long time I’ve been the expert in violence.” So, don’t expect any cow-slaughtering-gun-armed young killers and tortured home-invaded families. Amour is about love.
The film that just won Haneke the Palme d’Or is
a lot talking and sad music a drama, because Haneke “experienced something in my family that touched me.”
The Cannes festival jury and Twitter witnesses were rightfully drooling in consensus over Haneke, while torn about Leos Carax’ crazy Holy Motors and Ulrich Seidl’s sex tourism film Paradise: Love. Seidl, in turn, appears to have delivered exactly what one’d expect: a documentary-stylized drama about sex tourism, exposing racism and old lady boobs.