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Amour

Release Date 16 Nov 2012 16 Apr 2013

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The film tells the story of George and Anne, a couple of retired classical music teachers now in their 80s. When Anne suffers a mild stroke, the couple’s love is severely tested.

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Jean-Louis Trintignant | Emmanuelle Riva | Isabelle Huppert

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    • Currently 3/5 Stars.

    Amandareid007

    Michael Haneke's effortlessly graceful picture will come to be seen as one of the greatest films about the confrontation of death and ageing.

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    Marty hanratty

    Amour is a tender, detailed, two-hour visualization of a romance well beyond boundaries, and through its difficult notions it shows human existence in its most intimate and most elegiac state. That death seems inevitable from the very first minutes is certain, but the way that Haneke chooses in order to finally arrive at the upsetting conclusion is an uneasy one. It's a powerhouse production, which will leave the audiences in a most pensive and quiet mood.

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    mart

    Considering Haneke's confrontational past, this poignantly acted, uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man's capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature.

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    Onionhead

    Haneke's film is unquestionably the feel-bad film of the year, refreshingly lacking in sentiment and absolutely devastating, but also abuzz with the joys that make life worth living.

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    Randy

    Another brilliant piece of European cinema. A real, sentiment-free love story of an elderly couple. The performances of the two leads are excelent. There is a lack of musical score which adds to the realism. Most scenes linger for a few moments as if to allow you to think about the characters as the film goes on. At the end, I was not feeling sad but more thoughtful. It is a must-see, whatever your age (12+ rating).

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    filmbuff2011

    Winner of the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Amour is very much a film from Austrian auteur Michael Haneke. Usually found tightening the screws on his characters in films like Cache, Haneke has decided to go for something a bit more measured but just as powerful in Amour. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are a loving married couple in their eighties. Anne blanks out one day and doesn't recall anything that happened. Things get worse when a stroke strikes and paralyses her on one side. As Anne slowly disintegrates before his very eyes, their love is stretched to the limit. A film about love and how to let go of a loved one may seem like an unusual choice for Haneke. His script and direction is spot-on though and there's a real sense of loss here. While most love stories focus on the beginning and the middle, Haneke bravely decides to go full-tilt into the end. It's not an easy watch, but anyone familiar with Haneke's work will know that he wants his audience to sit uncomfortably in their seats. The performances by Trintignant and Riva are superb, conveying every emotion as their characters learn to let go. A deeply moving, affecting film that will stay with you long after the credits roll. Seek it out and you will be rewarded.