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20 September 2012 (Croatia) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Georges

Emmanuelle Riva ... Anne

Isabelle Huppert ... Eva
Alexandre Tharaud ... Alexandre

William Shimell ... Geoff
Ramón Agirre ... Concierge's Husband
Rita Blanco ... Concierge
Carole Franck ... Nurse #1
Dinara Drukarova ... Nurse #2

Laurent Capelluto ... Police Officer #1
Jean-Michel Monroc ... Police Officer #2

Suzanne Schmidt ... Neighbour
Damien Jouillerot ... Paramedic #1
Walid Afkir ... Paramedic #2
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Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
Michael Haneke (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael André .... co-producer: WDR
Stefan Arndt .... producer: Berlin
Alice Girard .... co-producer: France 3 Cinéma
Daniel Goudineau .... co-producer: France 3 Cinéma
Veit Heiduschka .... producer: Vienne
Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan .... co-producer: ARD Degeto
Michael Katz .... executive producer
Michael Katz .... producer: Vienne
Wolfgang Lorenz .... co-producer: Rédaction ORF
Heinrich Mis .... co-producer: Rédaction ORF
Margaret Ménégoz .... executive producer (as Margaret Menegoz)
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer: Paris (as Margaret Menegoz)
Bettina Reitz .... co-producer: ARD Degeto
Bettina Ricklefs .... co-producer: BR
Uwe Schott .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Darius Khondji (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nadine Muse 
Monika Willi 
 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
 
Production Design by
Jean-Vincent Puzos 
 
Set Decoration by
Susanne Haneke 
Sophie Reynaud 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
 
Makeup Department
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist (as Thi Loan Nguyen)
Frédéric Souquet .... key hair stylist (as Frederic Souquet)
Guillaume Castagné .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nadine Dumas .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frédéric Lainé .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Lebeau .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Isabelle Lequeux .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Magali Ohlmann .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lydia Pujols .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Alice Robert .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Marie-France Thibault .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Arnaud Barbery .... assistant unit manager
Ulrike Lässer .... post-production supervisor
Ulrike Lässer .... production manager
Olivier Masclet .... post-production supervisor
Ulli Neumann .... production manager
Olivier Thaon .... production manager
Stephan von Larcher .... post-production supervisor
Hélène Fabre .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Alex Grden .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Gaetan Hamon .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Hussein Khedoo .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aurélien Chevalarias .... additional assistant director
Olivier Falkowski .... second assistant director
Denis Manin .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Marine Franssen .... assistant director intern (uncredited)
Stephanie Guénot .... assistant director intern (uncredited)
Justine Selz .... assistant director intern (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lilith Bekmezian .... second assistant art director
Jérôme Billa .... set designer
Marc Fivel .... head carpenter
Jérôme Krowicki .... construction manager
Bertrand Laval .... key construction grip
Manuel Mougin .... props
Santiago Isidro Pin .... head painter
Julie Plumelle .... assistant art director
Thierry Poulet .... first assistant art director
Per-Olof Renard .... first assistant art director
Jochen Rohrig .... head carpenter
Franck Scala .... head locksmith
Julie Wassef .... second assistant art director
Philippe Anselme .... construction grip (uncredited)
Céline Barray .... assistant set dresser (uncredited)
François Barre .... construction grip (uncredited)
Didier Bautz .... head plasterer (uncredited)
Lahcene Bendjebour .... construction grip (uncredited)
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto .... assistant set dresser (uncredited)
Pascal Boureau .... carpenter (uncredited)
Patrick Bretonniere .... construction grip (uncredited)
Michel Carmona .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Elisabeth Caron .... upholsterer (uncredited)
Fabio Carussi .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Alain Chaudet .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Pascal Chevé .... plasterer (uncredited)
Elise Cribier-Delande .... additional second assistant props (uncredited)
Christophe De Vos .... construction grip (uncredited)
Serge Delli-Zotti .... construction grip (uncredited)
François Dugué .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Frion .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Laurent Garenne .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Franck Gies .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Alain Guenier .... construction grip (uncredited)
Madjid Hamzaoui .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Anne Israel .... set dresser (uncredited)
Baptiste Lebouvier .... construction grip (uncredited)
Julien Lebouvier .... construction grip (uncredited)
Pawel Lokczewski .... construction grip (uncredited)
Christophe Lunay .... construction grip (uncredited)
Eric Lussaud .... locksmith (uncredited)
Sylvain Malheraux .... upholsterer (uncredited)
Jean-Manuel Martinez .... plasterer (uncredited)
Pascal Masson .... construction grip (uncredited)
Astrid Noel .... backup second assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Daniel Pesquer .... construction grip (uncredited)
Hervé Pesquer .... construction grip (uncredited)
Xavier Planson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Julie Plumelle .... additional second assistant props (uncredited)
Thierry Reymonenq .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Stéphane Richaud .... construction grip (uncredited)
Christian Rivet .... construction grip (uncredited)
Olivier Salesse .... construction grip (uncredited)
Gérard Soussi .... construction grip (uncredited)
Patrick Tombette .... construction grip (uncredited)
Hélène Vaillant .... upholsterer (uncredited)
Kouider Ziani .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
François Lambert .... sound mix technician
Guillaume Sciama .... sound
Franck Tassel .... assistant sound effects
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby (uncredited)
Nadine Muse .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Arnaud Fouquet .... special effects
Geoffrey Kleindorfer .... special effects
Julien Meesters .... special effects
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects (uncredited)
Olivier Gleyze .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Béatrice Bauwens .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Barthelemy Beaux .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Olivier Blanchet .... senior digital compositor (uncredited)
Christophe Courgeau .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Sophie Denize .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Damien Hurgon .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Bertrand Lempereur .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Olivier Lukaszczyk .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Elisa Pretta .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Isabelle Roussel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vincent Venchiarutti .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lorenzo Veracini .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Andreetti .... first assistant camera
Sidney Baucheron .... electrician
Thierry Baucheron .... gaffer
Berto .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Gilbert Lecluyse)
Camille de Chenay .... video assistant (as Camille Paillard de Chenay)
Jean-Christophe Duwez .... electrician
Christophe Hustache-Marmon .... digital imaging technician (as Christophe Hustache Marmon)
Arnaud Imbert .... grip
Cyril Kuhnholtz .... key grip
Benjamin Prevost .... electrician
Hervé Renoud-Lyat .... grip (as Herve Renoud-Lyat)
Vincent Scotet .... second assistant camera
Mohan Valmy .... electrician (as Valmy Mohan)
Jörg Widmer .... camera
Jean-Christophe Beauvallet .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Franck Chron .... additional grip (uncredited)
Guillaume Dreujou .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Joséphine Drouin-Viallard .... camera intern (uncredited)
Pierre Fanet .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Vincent Gallot .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Arnaud Gervet .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Rodolphe Juteau .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Frédéric Martial-Wetter .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Laurent Martin .... daily grip (uncredited)
Christian Martinello .... additional grip (uncredited)
Julia Mingo .... camera intern (uncredited)
Julien Moine .... additional grip (uncredited)
Mathieu Poudevigne .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Marie-Laure Prost .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Yannick Ressigeac .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Léonard Rollin .... digital imaging technician: b camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Colomba Falcucci .... extras casting
Charlotte Pichot de Champfleury .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Felipe Salazar .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Muller Serreau .... key costumer (as Karen Serreau)
Laurence Nicolas .... costumer
Delphine Capossela .... dresser: Ms. Huppert (uncredited)
Elsa Capus .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Céline Collobert .... additional costume assistant (uncredited)
Camille Janbon .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Camille Joste .... ager/dyer (uncredited)
Janet Latimer .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Nathalie Rao .... additional costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Caíque de Souza .... workflow consultant
Julia Drack .... assistant editor
Emmanuel Fortin .... digital lab operator
Hussam Korkut .... color correction assistant
Hussam Korkut .... conform editor
Hussam Korkut .... dailies operator
Audrey Samson .... dailies operator
Audrey Samson .... digital lab operator
Willi Willinger .... colorist
Didier le Fouest .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Cecile Lenoir .... music editor
Cecile Lenoir .... musical director
Cecile Lenoir .... piano recording
Alban Sautour .... piano sound engineer
Alexandre Tharaud .... musician: piano
Caroline Duris .... piano coach: Emmanuelle Riva (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Marc Renault .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Karine Assathiany .... assistant: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Sophie Boge .... legal and business affairs
Alain Calmel .... pigeon wrangler
Amira Chemakhi .... production administrator
Guy Demazure .... pigeon wrangler
Bianca Folger .... production assistant
Thierry Garnier .... caterer
Cordula Herrmann .... production administrator
Marie Kerhoas .... production assistant
Martial Michaud .... caterer
Yves Montmayeur .... making of
Brice Morin .... assistant: de Melle Emmanuelle Riva
Michele Nguyen .... production assistant
Christa Preisinger .... production administrator
Judith Rataitz .... title designer
Marc Renault .... location manager
Kathrin Resetarits .... creative assistant
Lydia Setton .... production administrator
Kristina Stelter .... production assistant
Kornelius Tarmann .... title designer
Isabelle Thévenet .... script supervisor (as Isabelle Perrin-Thevenet)
Agathe Valentin .... international sales: Les Films du Losange
Alexandre Vernerey .... assistant: de Mr Jean-Louis Trintignant
Bruno Barde .... publicist (uncredited)
Martine Derda .... location scout (uncredited)
Serge Szwarcbart .... location manager (uncredited)
Pierre Tafani .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Olivier Lyon-Caen .... thanks (as Professor Olivier Lyon-Caen)
Daniel Malicier .... thanks (as Professor Daniel Malicier)
Géraldine Maujean .... thanks (as Doctor Géraldine Maujean)
David Picot .... thanks (as Commissaire de police David Picot)
Yves Samama .... thanks (as Doctor Yves Samama)
Yves Samson .... thanks (as Professor Yves Samson)
Manuela Stehr .... thanks
Philippe Van Eeckhout .... thanks (as Doctor Philippe Van Eeckhout)
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language
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127 min | France:125 min
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The film is 127 minutes long and contains only 236 total cuts (including the title card). The average shot length is just over 32 seconds.See more »
Quotes:
Georges:[telling a childhood memory] ... some banal romance or other about a nobleman and a lower middle-class girl who couldn't have each other and who then, out of sheer magnanimity, decide to renounce their love - in fact, I don't quite remember it any more. In any case, afterwards I was thoroughly distraught...
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29 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Dedicated to the one I love, 20 January 2013
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. I have often defined an entertainer as one who delivers what the audience wants, while an artist creates what he must. Writer/director Michael Haneke strikes me as a true artist in cinema. And an exceptional one at that. Known for such unusual films as The White Ribbon, Cache', and the original Funny Games (1997), Haneke often has a way of showing us things about ourselves that we prefer not to see.

Amour means love, and this film could easily have been titled Love and Misery, as strong and indescribable feelings mount when a life partner begins the inevitable slide downhill ... a trip which often starts with something as bland as a few moments of blankness at the breakfast table.

Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant, A Man and A Woman) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour) somehow draw our eye as they sit in the audience as seen from the stage of a soon-to-begin piano concerto. It's a thought provoking shot when paired with the familiar quip "All the world's a stage ...". Next we see this octogenarian couple chatting over breakfast, clearly comfortable with each other in the manner that only two people who have shared decades together can become.

A trip to the hospital confirms Anne has had a stroke. And then another. The rest of the film revolves around Georges keeping his promise to Anne that she won't be put back into the hospital. It's a real life situation that so many face, yet the answers remain cloudy. So Georges proceeds to become caregiver to the increasingly incapacitated Anne. First wheelchair bound with paralysis on one side. Next she's learning to operate a motorized chair. Then it's speech therapy. Finally, she' bedridden and devolving into someone who can't express simple emotions. No, this is not typical Hollywood entertainment. This is life's realities through the expressive acting of two of France's best.

It would be easy to say not much happens in the two hour running, but in fact, it is filled with the daily moments that make up life. The moments become an obstacle course when we must assist a loved one in the performance, or if we are the one being assisted. Nurses who may or may not be caring, friends who are struck helpless, and even family (played here by Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher) who feel the responsibility to help, but are caught in the responsibilities of everyday life.

Death is a common occurrence in movies. Dying is actually quite rare. Haneke doesn't shy away from any aspect of this sorrowful and difficult journey. He forces us to consider the multiple sides of so many questions, and he certainly feels no obligation to provide us with simple solutions or happy endings. Georges walls off society from doing "what is best" for his wife. He prefers to honor her wishes.

These are two extraordinary performances from two of France's all-time best actors. Ms. Riva was rewarded with an Oscar nomination and Mr. Trintignant was just as deserving. Mr. Haneke has been nominated as Best Director and the film is up for both Best Foreign Film and Best Picture. Don't mistake any of that recognition as a sign that this is a mainstream movie. It's exquisite filmmaking, but many will find it difficult or impossible to watch. You best be ready to analyze death versus dying.

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