Amour

Rated PG-13 127 minutes 2012

Oscar winner for Best Foreign film, Amour might have been one of the most emotionally intense movies in the running this year. Yes, the story alone would be a qualifier, depicting as it does the inevitability of death in old age. But more important is how director Michael Haneke puts us face to face with that mortality. It’s a slow, methodical deterioration that puts Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) on death’s door, while her loving husband, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), wonders when enough will be enough. Can he give Anne—and himself—any comfort sooner than death will come for her? Most movies would get this wrong, hitting a melodramatic target or simply blinking in the face of such dramatic weight. Not Haneke; he’s used to playing in the deep end of the pool. And armed with these performances, Amour is nothing short of devastating.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/amour

Director: Michael Haneke

Producer: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heideuschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Ménégoz, Uwe Schott and Michael Katz

Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell, Ramón Agirre, Rita Blanco, Carole Franck, Dinara Droukarova, Laurent Capelluto and Jean-Michel Monroc

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