Wesley Morris: 4. “Amour”
Most movie love is ideal beyond recognition. The love in Michael Haneke’s film feels inevitable. Two Parisians — Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva — who’ve spent most of their lives together reach the outer limits of their devotion once she becomes increasingly debilitated with illness. What Haneke shows you is physical — his limp, her rictus, the dance required to move her from one chair to another, his attempt to capture a pigeon. But the spare grace of Haneke’s filmmaking and magnificent stoicism of his stars achieve transcendence.