12A Amour

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Georges and Anne are elderly married couple, whose balmy retirement is shattered when she suffers a minor stroke. As Anne's condition deteriorates and she makes clear her suffering - "I don't want to go on..." - Georges clings on forlornly to memories of the past to stave off despair. Infrequent visits from the couple's daughter Eva provides a temporary respite but Georges acknowledges that his time with Anne is coming to an end and soon he must face life alone.

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke has never shied away from the uncomfortable, harsh realities of modern life, and in Amour he crafts a heartbreaking love story threaded with raw emotion, tenderness and regret that is almost too much to bear. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are stunning as elderly married couple, Georges and Anne, whose balmy retirement is shattered when she suffers a minor stroke. As Anne's condition deteriorates and she makes clear her suffering - "I don't want to go on..." - Haneke charts the couple's final days and weeks together with unflinching honesty, refusing to look away as the doting wife is rendered an empty shell and Georges clings on to memories of the past to prevent him sinking into the depths of despair. Amour delights in the minutiae of Georges and Anne's relationship - those small, seemingly insignificant moments that come to mean so much as the wife drifts away. Haneke's direction is flawless, making him a strong contender for consideration in the forthcoming awards season.

  • Genre: Drama Romance World
  • Cast:Emmanuelle Riva, Alexandre Tharaud, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant.
  • Director:Michael Haneke.
  • Writer:Michael Haneke.
  • Country:Aus/Fr/Ger
  • Duration:127
  • Official Site:www.sonyclassics.com/amour/
  • Release:16/11/2012 (selected cinemas)
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