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526 Ratings

Amour fou

Directed by Jessica Hausner
Austria, Luxembourg, 2014
Drama, Comedy


Berlin, 1810: a young Romantic poet pines for a woman to join him in a pact to end his despair, which will be the ultimate expression of their love. He meets the terminally ill Henrietta. Inspired by the historical events leading to the double suicide of poet Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel.

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Amour fou Directed by Jessica Hausner

Awards & Festivals

Austrian Film Award

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Screenplay

2015 | 6 nominations including: Best Feature Film

German Film Critics Association Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Actor

A real historical event—the double suicide of an ailing housewife and famed poet—marks the end point to this tragicomedy of manners. But Hausner’s deadpan style deflates the act of any romance that might be read into it… Within Amour fou, shaped by its compositional rigor, lies a whole regimented microcosm of 19th century German society, laid out like a lifeless diorama.
December 31, 2015
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Hausner’s sense of “the unknowable,” which settles over her work like a faint mist, is tantalizingly Weilian. Amour Fou transforms this idea/worldview into an aesthetic mission statement, the foundation of and best explanation for its sensationally peculiar tone, the varied and manifold effects it has on the viewer.
March 20, 2015
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Told honestly, the story of Henriette Vogel was never going to raise pulses as spectacle so it’s a good thing that someone as masterly as Hausner is sitting behind the camera. From the opening shot of Henriette standing behind a giant arrangement of flowers – the era’s reduction of femininity to the impractical and ornamental – it’s clear that there was no one better suited to telling a story Henriette herself never got around to putting on paper.
March 18, 2015
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