Amour, the movie everyone thinks is French but is really Austrian and is about old people dying won an astonishing five César awards (the French Oscars) Saturday in Paris.
Its dramatic awards sweep claimed five big categories: Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. By crushing the popular movie Camille Redouble (Camille Rewinds) , awarding Best Foreign Film to Ben Affleck for Argo, and especially by denying any César to Holy Motors, France has restored my faith in cinematic merit.
I would like to congratulate my Twitter friend, director Cyril Mennegun for winning the Best First Film César (we should have that category, non?) for his compelling début Louise Wimmer. While I didn’t review the movie here, I highly recommend this unique, challenging movie, starring Corinne Masiero from (Rust and Bone (De Rouille et D’Os). (She’s not the next Marion Cotillard; but, do we need another?) Not only does she deftly carry the movie, she made me forget she was an actress and that this was not a documentary. That’s scary talent.
You can see the list of César winners here.
There was one special César (oui, in the French sense of that word) that reminds us that the French are still French. During the same evening that Amour was celebrated, an honorary César was awarded to ….. Kevin Costner. Because ….. um …….uh…… I don’t think he knows why either.