The 10 Best On-Screen Couples Of 2012
8. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
There’s no bullshit between Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), no filter that normally separates on-screen couples in conventional Hollywood fare. From the moment they meet, when Pat uncomfortably asks Tiffany how her late husband passed, we know that they are going to bare their souls and speak their minds, even if it means hurting themselves or those around them. Lawrence and Cooper give career-best performances in David O. Russell’s alarmingly funny comedy of dysfunctions, hammering away at the unnecessary necessities society hides behind. Are they crazy for embracing such candor? Or are we the off-kilter ones, content to hide behind emotional lies? People have asked what will become of this imbalanced couple once the credits roll. I can’t say. But the time spent with them is priceless. I’d give them 5 points. I’m sure they’d cheer.
7. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Trintignant and Riva would be higher on this list if Michael Haneke’s Amour wasn’t such a difficult emotional sit. At the same time, Amour wouldn’t be nearly as effective and revered by critics and higher-brow audience members if Trintignant and Riva didn’t commit wholeheartedly to the tough march toward death we’re all going to face at some point in our tentative lives. The actors are relentlessly precise playing a dying woman (Riva) and the dedicated spouse dying to make her last days comfortable. We look at them and dream of possessing such strength and conviction in times of fear and uncertainty. Thank you, Haneke, for giving us what I translate to be an uplifting dénouement when one was least expected.
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