ByMichael Laskaris, writer at
Brooklyn-based yoga practitioner, writer/editor and self-educated film buff.
Michael Laskaris

Anyone who has experienced the heartbreaking, exhausting, and infuriating effects of being a caregiver will relate to this film’s understated brilliance. Assisting someone as they "sail into darkness" (to quote the late Dame Iris Murdoch) is a complex, resentful process and Austrian director Michael Haneke has captured it beautifully. Both leading actors give amazing performances (the 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva deserved the Best Actress Oscar, not Jennifer Lawrence…). This is one of the best films of the 21st century and a wise Palme d’Or selection from Cannes. Watch it and weep.


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