Amour

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From internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Cache, The White Ribbon) comes Amour, an intensely moving, award-winning portrait of a couple dealing with the ravages of old age – a heartbreaking look at love and mortality that is as compassionate as it is merciless. Legendary French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Trois couleurs: Rouge) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima mon amour) are staggering as Georges and Anne, long-married music teachers living out their final years surrounded by the comforts of books and music in their warm Paris apartment. After Anne suffers a stroke, Georges attends to her with firmness shot through with love. As Georges struggles to care for his wife at home, each day brings new, ever more complicated challenges. A visit from the couple’s dutiful daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher) only further indicates how distant Georges and Anne’s lives now are from the rest of the world — a private realm that grows ever more solitary as Anne slips slowly, unbearably away. (Dir. by Michael Haneke, 2012, France/Germany/Austria, in French with subtitles, 127 min., Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Classics) 35mm