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Rated PG-13 · 127 min. · 2012


The big guns of this year's Oscar season have been rolled out, but make way for this Michael Haneke sleeper, nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In it, we meet Anne and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a elderly, gentle and cultured couple. Anne's health fails, and we see her cruel, inexorable deterioration as Georges attempts to help her cope. But what lifts this fine, lovely film far above being just a grim wallow in mortality and gives it enormous power is its attention to the emotional and psychic transformation of the couple.

See our full review: Michael Haneke's powerful, Oscar-nominated <i>Amour</i>

Michael Haneke's powerful, Oscar-nominated Amour

Perhaps 30 minutes in, the simplest expression of love passed between Anne and Georges reduced me to a puddle of sobs. But I quickly composed myself for the rest of this extraordinary but calm, grave and unsentimental film. »

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Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Producer: Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke



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