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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 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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Genres:

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:

€214,179 (France), 28 October 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,266, 21 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,739,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,844,753
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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

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Prélude Choral: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Johann Sebastian Bach/Ferruccio Busoni
Interprétés au piano par Alexandre Tharaud
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French-language masterpiece of the year
14 November 2012 | by patryk-czekajSee all my reviews

The fact that Amour is an instant classic in the art-house world is as indisputable as the emotions presented by the protagonists of the film are bewildering. This picture is Haneke's minimalistic yet mightily expressive homage to love as we know it, showing the feeling's overpowering force and heartfelt, altruistic nature. While remaining a thoroughly unsentimental and provocative picture, Amour delivers a most-demanding portrayal of an elderly couple's last days together. Those cultivated, sophisticated characters need to evaluate their long-lasting marriage and come to terms with their own emotions, and, simultaneously, discover the true meaning of love in itself. Decisions need to be made, and some of them might be shocking to say the least.

It's a beautiful but considerable piece of filmmaking, where a sombre atmosphere and touching yet disturbing imagery permeate every scene. Haneke's steady and visionary directorial hand promises many moving and heartbreaking sequences, while still providing a poetic exemplification of a well- lived life's concluding moments. It's impossible to find neither a plausible sense of redemption nor an authentic touch of consolation, no. The film displays a marvelous character-driven narrative, where loving individuals diverge from the seemingly familiar path and start arguing with their own opinions and ideals, leading to some truly perplexing choices. In the most unexpected manner Amour touches the controversial topic of euthanasia, emphatically depicting how difficult it might seem to even consider such a harsh decision.

Amour is a tender, scrupulous, demanding, two-hour visualization of a romance well beyond boundaries, and through its difficult notions it shows human existence in its most intimate and most elegiac state. That death seems inevitable from the very first minutes is certain, but the way Haneke chooses in order to finally arrive at this intensely upsetting conclusion is an uneasy one. Amour is definitely a cinematic powerhouse, which will leave the audiences in a most pensive, quiet - even downcast - mood, still astounding with its ubiquitous beauty.


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