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6,285 Ratings


Directed by Michael Haneke
France, Germany, 2012


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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Michael Haneke, another formal master whose work blurs the line between art and shock cinema, has fashioned a body-horror drama nearly universal in its terrifying “appeal.” (Perhaps that’s why it won last year’s Palme d’Or.) Extinguishing the golden-glow mawkishness typical of death-bed movies, Amour is a feel-bad milestone: the most brutally honest picture ever made about growing old and wasting away.
January 10, 2013
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