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4.2
5,594 Ratings

Amour

Directed by Michael Haneke
France, Germany, 2012
Drama

Synopsis

Retired music teachers Georges and Anne have spent their lives devoted to their careers and to each other. Their relationship faces its greatest challenge when Anne suffers a debilitating stroke. Though Georges himself is in his old age, he ignores his own discomfort to take care of his wife.

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Amour Directed by Michael Haneke

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2013 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

2013 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2013 | Winner: Best International Film

A careful, meticulous examination of mortality, intimacy, and loss, Amour is the rare film with the patience and courage to stare unblinkingly at the process of aging and impending mortality. Amour does not tell its story with sweeping violin strings. The emotion comes honestly (and devastatingly) through Haneke’s commitment to small details.
February 02, 2015
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Just as forcefully as in FUNNY GAMES, when the murderer winks at the camera and thereby implies our complicity, AMOUR implicates us, the viewer. “Did you imagine that moving into your twilight years would be serene and dignified? Perhaps not.” Isn’t that what that pigeon’s all about?
January 24, 2014
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Haneke naysayers… argue that the writer-director presses his microscope’s glass against his specimens so forcefully as to deny them movement and oxygen. Many say the same about Kubrick, not necessarily without cause. There’s no sense that Haneke compromised on his methodology for Amour. If anything, he challenges himself by limiting his capital to an effective cast of two, a single set, and a small set of concerns, primarily the death that steals the mind before it claims the body.
August 15, 2013
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