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

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," said Benjamin Franklin. The latter part of this assertion, however, is currently being challenged by some famous companies such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks and a good many familiar TV faces, while the unavoidability of death is a matter frequently evaded by euphemism and clouded by sentimentality. Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke has often been open to the charge of obscurity, ambivalence and obliquity, but no one has ever accused him of suggesting that life is other than a vale of tears best endured by honesty, love, unremitting work and a frank recognition of its essentially tragic nature.

These qualities are to the forefront in his bracing new film, Amour, in which a »

- Philip French

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