AMOUR

SYNOPSIS
A staggering, profound examination of love, Michael Haneke’s compassionate film centers on Georges and Anne, long-married octogenarians and retired music teachers who still take great delight in each other. Their bonds will be tested, however, as Anne grows increasingly debilitated, both mentally and physically. In depicting what has rarely been shown onscreen before—two elderly people struggling to maintain their dignity in the face of the unremitting cruelties of aging—Haneke brilliantly shows that the greatest crucible of life’s final chapter is figuring out how to best honor the past. Never sentimentalizing his two main characters, Haneke nonetheless portrays them tenderly; viewers grow deeply attached to Georges and Anne thanks to the astonishing performances by Trintignant and Riva. Both actors are legends of French cinema: he is best known for Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s (1969), and she for Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959). Watching these two icons, we are reminded of nothing less than our own mortality—and our own past and present relationships.

“Considering Haneke’s confrontational past, this poignantly acted uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man’s capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature.”
Peter Debruge, Variety

DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke

SCREENPLAY
Michael Haneke

CAST
Georges: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Anne: Emmanuelle Riva
Eva: Isabelle Huppert
Alexandre: Alexandre Tharaud
Geoff: William Shimell

AWARDS
Best Foreign Language Film – Academy Awards (2013); Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film, Best Original Screenplay – César Awards (2013)

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 127’
PRODUCTION France, Germany, Austria, 2012
RATING PG-13
FORMAT(S) 35, Blu-ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Sony Pictures Classics