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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.



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Georges and Anne are a couple of retired music teachers enjoying life in their eighties. However, Anne suddenly has a stroke at breakfast and their lives are never the same. That incident begins Anne's harrowingly steep physical and mental decline as Georges attempts to care for her at home as she wishes. Even as the fruits of their lives and career remain bright, the couple's hopes for some dignity prove a dispiriting struggle even as their daughter enters the conflict. In the end, George, with his love fighting against his own weariness and diminished future on top of Anne's, is driven to make some critical decisions for them both. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Amour  »

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Box Office


$8,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,266 (USA) (21 December 2012)


$225,377 (USA) (27 November 2015)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marion Cotillard and Emmanuelle Riva are the only actors to win both a BAFTA and a César award for the same performance. Cotillard won both awards in 2008 for La Vie en Rose (2007) and Riva won in 2013 for "Amour". See more »


When Georges and Anne are eating together he first cuts her food for her with a Laguiole knife. Later on he is holding a classic knife with a round point. See more »


Anne: There's no point in going on living. That's how it is. I know it can only get worse. Why should I inflict this on us, on you and me?
Georges: You're not inflicting anything on me.
Anne: You don't have to lie, Georges.
Georges: [looks down at the floor contemplatively] Put yourself in my place. Didn't you ever think that it could happen to me, too?
Anne: Of course I did. But imagination and reality have little in common.
Georges: But things are getting better every day.
Anne: I don't want to carry on. You're making such sweet efforts to ...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.90 (2013) See more »


Prélude Choral: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Johann Sebastian Bach/Ferruccio Busoni
Interprétés au piano par Alexandre Tharaud
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Depressing End of a Journey
29 April 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The retired piano players and teachers Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) live in a comfortable apartment in Paris. Their daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) is a musician in tour through Europe. One day, Anne has a stroke that paralyzes her right side, and Georges nurses his wife and promises that he will send her neither to a hospital nor to a nursing home. Soon Anne's life deteriorates and her mental and physical capabilities decline very fast leading Georges to take a tragic decision.

"Amour" is a depressing movie about the end of a journey of a retired couple of about eighty and something years old. "Amour" has impressive performances of Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant and is developed in very slow pace, almost theatrically, and is sad to see the elder wife losing her dignity due to her physical and mental problems. I recall Emmanuelle Riva very young in movies like "Hiroshima, mon amour" or "Léon Morin, prêtre" and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the unforgettable "Un homme et une femme" or "Et Dieu... créa la femme" and seeing them now seniors make me think how short life is and made me sad. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amor" ("Love")

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