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Amour (2012)

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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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Michael Haneke

Writer:

Michael Haneke (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Georges
Emmanuelle Riva ... Anne
Isabelle Huppert ... Eva
Alexandre Tharaud Alexandre Tharaud ... Alexandre
William Shimell ... Geoff
Ramón Agirre Ramón Agirre ... Concierge's Husband
Rita Blanco Rita Blanco ... Concierge
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... Nurse #1
Dinara Drukarova ... Nurse #2 (as Dinara Droukarova)
Laurent Capelluto ... Police Officer #1
Jean-Michel Monroc Jean-Michel Monroc ... Police Officer #2
Suzanne Schmidt ... Neighbour
Damien Jouillerot Damien Jouillerot ... Paramedic #1
Walid Afkir Walid Afkir ... Paramedic #2
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Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Drama | Romance

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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Details

Country:

Austria | France | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amour See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,266, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$6,739,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,851,452
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emmanuelle Riva auditioned along with many other older French actresses for the role of Anne. The scene used during the audition was the first breakfast scene when Anne has her first attack. Michael Haneke said that he found Riva most realistic and moving during that scene and cast her in the film. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Georges is writing the letter, the sound of the pen scratching the paper does not match up. 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, and it took me a bit of time to calm down. In the courtyard of the house where gradma lived, there was a young guy at the window who asked me where I'd been. He was a couple of years older than...
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Bagatelle opus 126 - no2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Interprétés au piano par Alexandre Tharaud
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Brilliant. Disturbing. Will Never watch again
3 February 2013 | by jamaalrgreenSee all my reviews

Amour was the final chapter in my quest to see every film nominated for best picture this year. I had the pleasure of watching this piece of art in and nice Art House theatre in NYC as an assignment for school. With the ambiance set I was ready to view the gem of European cinema. Having only seen one other film by Director Michael Haneke was not prepared however for the film itself. Amour is a fantastic work deserving of its nomination of best picture and best foreign film. It is the story of and elderly couple at the tail end of their golden years and the challenges that old age can present. Is there anything you won't do for love? I give kudos to the director for this film two main characters are in the golden years, it is completely dialogue driven, it takes place in one location and there is no soundtrack or real score. It survives totally on the dialogue and interactions of it leads. It is an extreme challenge to keep it interesting and Michael Heneke does with its stark and sometime depressing subject matter. It is a beautifully written and shot film. However it is real in its depiction in the challenges of getting old and how we deal.

I would say this film is an excellent film with a pace,direction and storytelling style more accustomed to European audiences. A great film that I would probably never watch again. 8/10


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