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386 Ratings

Amour fou

Directed by Jessica Hausner
Austria, Luxembourg, 2014


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 style underscores just how confined women were in predemocratic Europe. In nearly every shot she arranges people and objects in a geometric pattern; the camera seldom leaves a fixed position, and the characters seem stilted in their speech and behavior… With its narrative split between Kleist and Henriette, Amour Fou can be read as a feminist critique of German Romanticism and all it stood for.
May 27, 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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