The (Non)Chronology of Illness: Punctual Presence of the Pain-Image in Michael Haneke’s Amour Cover Image
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(Nie)chronologie choroby. Punktowa obecność obrazu-bólu w Miłości Michaela Hanekego
The (Non)Chronology of Illness: Punctual Presence of the Pain-Image in Michael Haneke’s Amour

Author(s): Sebastian Porzuczek
Subject(s): Semiology, Aesthetics, Health and medicine and law, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: pain; illness; affect; film; time; image; pain-image; Michael Haneke;

Summary/Abstract: Focusing on Michael Haneke’s Amour, Porzuczek examines the mechanisms of visual (non-linguistic) representations of pain and illness in the realm of the film medium. In the Austrian film director’s work the problem of suffering is inscribed in the order of emotional tensions in family relationships. It is against this backdrop that the question of social (cultural) exclusion emerges. Porzuczek draws on notions such as Roland Barthes’s punctum and Gilles Deleuze’s time-image. Relevant issues are: a) the process of the materialization of time (through slowness) in the representation of daily struggles with illness and b) the specificity of the violent, punctual appearance of a paroxysm – analysed in terms of Porzuczek’s concept of the pain-image, which initiates an ethical (affective) encounter with the image experienced by the viewer.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 321-342
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish