Amour

Amour
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Amour
Austria, 2012, 127 Minute Running Time
Topics: Romance, Seniors
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival; Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director, European Film Awards

Michael Haneke won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for the second time in four years with this tender but devastating film about an elderly married couple – played by veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva – confronting the remorseless impact of terminal illness. Very different from The White Ribbon, this is in Haneke’s words, “a simple film”, set almost entirely within the confines of the couple’s apartment.

Georges and Anne are in their 80s, a well-heeled, cultured couple whose daughter (Isabelle Huppert) is a classical musician. But Anne’s health is failing, and Haneke charts her deterioration with unflinching honesty. Yet his real interest is in Georges: how he copes; the ramifications of his choice to care for his beloved wife at home, and his harsh words for their daughter. If the Austrian filmmaker has a reputation for cold, cerebral cinema, Amour belies this; it is impossible to watch without feeling a deep sense of empathy, pity and compassion – and all the more so if you remember the stars from their younger days, in 60s classics like The Conformist and Hiroshima mon amour.

Winner: Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, European Film Awards

DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke
Producer: Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Michael Katz, Veit Heiduschk
Editor: Monika Willi, Nadine Muse
Screenwriter: Michael Haneke
Cinematographer: Darius Khondji
Music: Schubert, Beethoven, Bach
Principal Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, William Shimell, Alexandre Tharaud
Filmography: The White Ribbon (2009), Funny Games (2007), Caché (2005), Time of the Wolf (2003), The Piano Teacher (2001), Code Unknown (2000), Funny Games (1997), 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994), Benny’s Video (1992)
Print Source: Sony Pictures Classics - www.sonyclassics.com

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