Emotionally draining French drama confronts life, love and (most of all) death
By Devin D. O’Leary
Amour, the lavishly praised, Oscar-nominated film from Bavarian/French director Michael Haneke, is really no fun at all. Not for a second. It’s a brutal, unflinching tearjerker about end-of-life issues. It may be one of the best films you’ll see all year. But will you see it? That’s the million-dollar question.
The New Mexico Film Office, in partnership with the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts, kicks off the New Mexico Filmmakers Experience this Sunday, Feb. 17. Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, “Taxi,” Back to the Future) headlines a pair of acting workshops this weekend in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Friends of Film, Video & Arts is hosting another knowledge-dropping get together on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m.
The National Treasure films weren’t good by any conventional definition of the word, but they were fun. After all who doesn’t love a globe-hopping treasure hunt—especially when it comes wrapped in a conspiracy and painted over with a few layers of historical significance? Just ask Indiana Jones. Or Tom Hanks in that Da Vinci thing. These clue-dropping treasure hunts aren’t something episodic television has had much luck recreating. But ABC’s new thriller “Zero Hour” certainly gives it the old college try. And if the pilot episode is any indication, the network might have something halfway decent on its hands.