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The following is a reprint of our review from the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year. Michael Haneke makes it clear from the opening of the film exactly where he's going in "Amour." Kicking off with a literal bang, a team of police officers force open the door of a flat in France, and with masks over their mouths, they walk around the apartment, open the windows and finally find what they're looking for. A dead body, respectfully surrounded by flowers, lays in a bed. And in pure Haneke fashion, this is when he throws up the title card for "Amour," a movie that is, to put it simply, two hours of an elderly woman slowly dying. Yes, "Amour" is as unrelenting and unflinching as you might expect from the provocateur, but there is tenderness within it that marks a bit of a new direction for the helmer. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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