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Michael Haneke (screenplay)
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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
Hussam Korkut .... color correction assistant
Hussam Korkut .... conform editor
Hussam Korkut .... dailies 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
Runtime:
127 min | France:125 min
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Michael Haneke said that with this film and its story and setting, he wanted to achieve the three classical unities of space, time and action. The movie thus has an extremely tightly constructed elliptical structure and the entire story takes place within a single house over a limited period of time.See more »
Quotes:
Anne:What would you say if no one came to your funeral?
Georges:Nothing, presumably.
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56 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Amour, 28 December 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

If I had watched this film no less than 5 years ago, I'd probably wouldn't think too much about Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winning Amour, which made him one of an elite group of filmmakers who had won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival at least twice (and within a span of three years too). But I suppose having to live through some of life's experiences, both pleasant and those that are not, would have opened up one's horizons, connect and identify with the many elements about terminal illness and suffering, love and the quality of life, being affected in more ways that I would have normally allowed.

As in most of the Austrian filmmaker's movies, this film centers around the characters of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), an elderly couple whom we see are enjoying the twilight of their lives, and their companionship with each other, since daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) is away overseas most of the time. Unfortunately Anne suffers a stroke and more, rendering her paralyzed on one side, gradually relying on the primary care provided by Georges to get through day by day. And given Georges' age, being primary caregiver is also something of a challenge, and a stress both mentally and physically, having made a vow to Anne that he is adamant in keeping, of having no further hospital visits, or to put her in a home.

The many things that Haneke had put into his film are the hard truths revolving around the dedicated attention given to the patient, from things like feeding and the changing of diapers, doing the household chores which include enlisting the help of others in grocery shopping, to hardware requirements like the commode or the adjustable bed. There may be a certain level of shyness involved during cleaning up, and in every step of the way you want to maintain the dignity of the patient, because the last thing you want to do is to have a drop of morale. The deterioration is painful to witness, as Eva goes from having strength to being completely bedridden, with the ability of communication, a very key thing, taken away when speech impairment rears its ugly head, when therapy can only do so much. Haneke doesn't gloss over the necessary aspects of suffering, even if under the hands of uncaring home nurses, and probably introduced a little tinge of fear as one grows old, gets sick, and get put under the mercy of others.

Georges gets the periodic visits from his daughter, but you can almost feel a distant rift between the two each time they try to sit down and communicate. What Haneke's story and screenplay brilliantly achieved is to be able to say so much without saying much at all, directing the actors to bring out ideas and back-channel communication through their acting craft, making it a very fulfilling experience watching, and dissecting the human relations and condition in each of the characters, even when Eva had to spend most of her time in bed, and portraying the limited range of emotions a stroke patient can muscle together. Perhaps I too felt some guilt each time Eva returns home to check on the latest status of her mom and dad, as it mirrors how I would have loved to be able to do more, if not for modern day commitments, or what we would like to think of as commitments.

Being a Haneke film, we'd come to know some darker moments to sort of jump through when we least expected, especially so when the title is one as benign as Love in its many forms. While what was shocking wasn't something narratively new in films done by others, it still made one heck of an impact, lingering for some time which I thought was quite wicked, leaving things rich and open to post-screening debate. Haneke makes you work to come up with your interpretation of events, never telling you verbose details unnecessary to spoonfeed, preferring that you experience and take away something from it, though this was perhaps one of his less obtuse works.

What made this film was also the performances of Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, who hardly put in a wrong foot. Trintignant returns to the big screen after an absence of 7 years, with a role specifically written for him, which he duly delivered. His Georges came across as heartbroken and exasperated rolled into one. Emmanuelle Riva may seem to have gotten the easier role having to be in bed, and sometimes absent for the most parts as Georges keeps her Anne locked away, but credit to her fine acting without having the need to over-act or over-compensate for the condition she has to flesh out. The make up department also deserves mention for being able to realistically age her on screen as well.

Amour continues in its winning of the minds of various critics and chalking up awards in the festival circuit, as well as year end accolades. It should be interesting if it does culminate in walking away with the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar statuette next year. Recommended!

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