The winner of the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (the director’s second, following The White Ribbon in 2009), Michael Haneke’s latest film is arguably his most moving. We open with police breaking into an apartment and discovering the body of Anne (Emmanuelle Riva). Her husband Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is nowhere to be found. The film then travels back to what might be the couple’s final outing together, a classical concert, and the onset of illness for Anne. Markedly less glacial than his earlier work, Haneke’s camera takes us into this couple’s life, detailing the sacrifices they have made for each other and the unimpeachable bond that exists between them. Amour is a magnificent film by a master filmmaker.
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