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By Tariq Khan, Gold Derby 1. She has the most challenging role As an elderly woman whose health dramatically declines after a sudden stroke in "Amour," Emmanuelle Riva was charged with true high-difficulty acting rarely seen on the screen. She was required to display her music teacher character in a vibrant and talkative state, and then transform herself into a near vegetative condition. The physical challenges associated with a task like this can't be downplayed. The actress had to virtually relinquish all of control of her body, and eliminate any "monitoring" which might suggest self-awareness to the audience. Was there ever a moment when you doubted what you were seeing? Many people found the film somewhat difficult to watch, but that's largely due to how convincing the acting was. Riva has been this year's critical darling, winning honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the »

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