The Movie Amour by Michael Haneke
In most films directed and created by the Michael Haneke, the art of violence has been used in a very thoughtful manner. In superficial view, one would accentuate that he is trying to connote the high level of violence that negatively affects the well-being of the society. A closer scrutiny on the various precepts postulated by the author gives portends a whole difference perception which to some extent is true. The twists and turns of violence depicted in these movies live the audience with various questions on what the society has become which is exactly what Michael is trying to portend in them. This paper analyzes the different precepts depicted by the director of the movie ‘Amour’ and try to understand how he pitches his concepts and the epitome of the whole scenes to bring on board the captivating moments to the audience. in concrete terms, we would review how violence has been explicated in this movie and using the various connotations postulated by the different lines of thought of this individual we would analyze the effect of some of the scenes on how they impact on the society and how the what Michael tries to give his opinion on violence.
In the film, ‘Amour’, the act of violence is depicted at the point where the caregiver who is hired by the Georges to take care of Ann mistreats her. If anything to go by, as connoted by Michael in his analysis, it is expected that the nurses are to have the profound responsibility of taking care of the patients they are assigned. In this prospect, we only expect that the transcending effect of this notion is that the caregiver should be depicted in the film to be taking his responsibility of patients which is the opposite as represented in this particular cast. In trying to read the mind of Michael as he brings out the storyline of the movie, the antagonistic approach given to this depiction of violence provides a deep thought to the audience of the realities of the world around us.
From the analysis of this scene, it comes out clearly that this connotation of a depiction of violence in the movie is double edged. In one perspective, one would refute by saying that the director is trying to promote violence into the society by making movies that depict characters that go against the norms of the society. In this context, one would condemn the cinematography for this film and term it as of high moral decadence. In another thoughtful approach, it comes out clearly about the real and genuine violence especially regarding the mistreatment of the patient with chronic conditions by the caregivers. Let’s not forget that the personalities of people differ, and this transcends into how a caregiver can handle their patients. Again as highly connoted by the author, humanitarian role that this scene accentuates is the need to find the answers to the constant problems that we have and in this case with the caring for the old aged people. The main aim of the author is to create a question in the mental picture of the audience.
In the contemporary society, there are various problems that we have that we do not have answers, and we should continuously seek the answers to them. The major role of the art as depicted by this author in this film is that we need to ask ourselves some questions. These questions are such as what are the best ways in which we tame the high level of violence brought out by the caregivers upon the patients even as they try to get to the notion of taking care of these patients. The creation of this question in the mind of the art is a provocative stance of ensuring that people do not only think of the reliable ways to curb the problem but to transform the mindset of every individual to the violence against the old. Looking at the downside of the depiction of violence in this film, one would justify the act by affirming that it is even allowed in most of the films so it is a norm that the old aged persons should be mistreated by their caregivers. In this sense, the art could be used as a catalyst to violence. On the contrary, we should note that even as one gives you the events of violence through the film, it provides grounds for soul searching on the morality of the act itself. As most journalists and editors would analyze the movie, they would talk about the theme of violence not in a manner to condemn the act but to find the real solutions on such. In this prospect, it is very evident that the filmmaker is not only in search of the solution but the cause of the problem at hand.
Another scene depicting the mindset of the director is where there is a contrast between Georges and his daughter Eve on the need to take her mother to the care giving home which Georges refuses based on the promise she was given by her wife. In this situation love and passion inhibit the moral from prevailing. It is a fact that at the hospital, she could get better treatment that would manage the stroke but due to the love of home and that of her family, she restricts herself from being moved to a nursing home. In a moral perspective, it is important as the daughter explained that she was to get a proper care from a nursing home. The refusal to go to the nursing home is against the moral standards brought out in this excerpt. Again in this stance, the director tries to jog our minds on finding profound solutions to such predicaments. One would argue that the main character in this movie denied the love of his life the advent to live longer by not taking her to the hospital. But indeed, it should be noted that in the societal context, it should be the obligation of the authorities to ensure that the patients with chronic illness should be given proper care.
In conclusion, the first scene of violence in this film where the nurse mistreats Anne is a depiction of how brutal the nurses are as they carry out their duties. This connotation has the notion that it encourages violence at the same time it takes the audience to the mode of questioning themselves on how the solution can be found on the force of nurses on their patients. On the second scene, the director only tries to work out the need to follow the well laid down procedures of saving the lives of those with chronic condition