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Amour

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Austria, France, Germany

2012

Rated PG-13 • 2h7

Michael Haneke

Director

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, William Shimell

Stars

Drama, Romance

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Georges and Anne are retired music teachers who have lived comfortably for many years, deeply in love with one another. When Anne suffers from a stroke one day, Georges has to muster up the strength to take care of her, doing whatever he can to make Anne happy.

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Emotional, heart-wrenching, sweet yet poignant--Amour is a timeless love story between two characters you'll fall in love with instantly.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Slant Magazine by

This isn't the work of a newly moral or humanistic filmmaker, but another ruse by the same unscrupulous showman whose funny games have been beguiling us for years.
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Empire by David Hughes

Michael Haneke's Palme D'Or winner is uncomfortable, uncompromising, unflinching... and utterly unmissable. Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film.
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Total Film by Jamie Graham

A compassionate, masterful work that deservedly won Haneke a second Palme d'Or after "The White Ribbon's" 2009 victory. Best to avoid on a first date, though.
80

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

It's not an easy sit; we're never let off the hook with golden-hued memories or belated bits of wisdom. Maybe this is love after all.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The icy message may be that love is not a consolation as we face death. Rather the reverse. Love will give your death meaning, but make it no less unbearable.
90

Variety by Peter Debruge

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.
88

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
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Observer by Rex Reed

Don't let Amour join the legion of "Best Films You Never Saw." I urge you to share its sweetness and wisdom, and learn something.

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