Beauty is relative—however, it is also abundant and perennial. One type of beauty may diminish and morph into a deeper philosophical truth. Beauty can take the guise of morality and define the outer reaches of what it means to be fully human—to grow into that.
The film Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, which was made in 2012 and won the Palme d’Or, is, ostensibly, all about beauty and what is beautiful about life, as well as what are intrinsic elements of living that may be seen as being opposite to beauty. The film’s characters are a husband and a wife, two former music teachers, in their twilight weeks and days. Jean-Louis Trintignant is Georges and Emmanuele Riva is Anne. They are retired. They are cultured. They read, go to concerts, enjoy each other’s conversation, and still love each other—for the most part. Anne once shocks Georges by saying, as wives often enough stun their husbands by their appraisals of their characters, “You’re a monster sometimes.” However, she clarifies that declarative sentence by adding: “But very kind.” That is beautiful.
Paperback: 186 pages
Publishing date: November 11, 2018
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012); The Daodejing: A New Interpretation, with David Breeden and Steven Schroeder (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015); Candling the Eggs (Shanti Arts, LLC, 2017); and The Map of Eternity (Shanti Arts, LLC, 2018). His poems and prose have appeared in many publications, including Appalachia, Anchor: Where Spirituality and Social Justice Meet, Arts: The Arts in Religion and Theology, Commonweal, and North American Review.