Director: Michael Haneke
Running Time: 127 minutes
Hankies at the ready. Michael Haneke’s award-winning French language film Amour is an intimate and intense exploration of the sad fact that opening yourself up to love means you will suffer loss somewhere along the way.
Amour focuses on married octogenarians Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anna (Emmanuelle Riva), whose lives are changed irreversibly when Anna suffers a series of strokes resulting in partial paralysis. Any hope of recovery is soon dashed as we witness her losing control of her body and mind.
Unafraid of his subject Haneke opens with the conclusion of the story; fireman breaking into the apartment and finding Anna’s corpse laid out in her best dress, surrounded by flowers like Millais’ painting of the drowning Ophelia. »
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