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

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Michael Haneke (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Georges
Emmanuelle Riva ... Anne
Isabelle Huppert ... Eva
Alexandre Tharaud Alexandre Tharaud ... Alexandre
William Shimell ... Geoff
Ramón Agirre ... Concierge's Husband
Rita Blanco ... Concierge
Carole Franck ... Nurse #1
Dinara Drukarova 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

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

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According to Jean-Louis Trintignant, one of the main reasons why the pigeon scenes took so much to shoot is because Michael Haneke tried to direct the animal constantly. See more »

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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 »

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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 grandma lived, there was a young guy at the window who asked me where I'd been. He was a couple of years older ...
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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 claudio_carvalhoSee 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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Country:

Austria | France | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amour See more »

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France See more »

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Budget:

$8,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,266, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$6,739,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,664,140
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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