“Michael Haneke’s effortlessly graceful picture will come to be seen as one of the greatest films about the confrontation of death and ageing.” – Observer
“This is Michael Haneke’s second Palme d’Or winner and shows the director as a film-maker of incomparable seriousness and weight, and this is a passionate, painful, intimate drama to be compared with Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage.” – Guardian
” intelligent film-making of the highest order” – Guardian, 5 Stars
A masterpiece from the director of Hidden and The White Ribbon. An elderly Parisian couple, both retired music teachers, face their final act together as Anna descends into illness.
Director: Michael Haneke. France, Germany, Austria, 2012. 127 minutes. Cert: 12A. Language: French
From the director of Hidden and The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke’s extraordinary new drama Amour is announced as the Closing Gala of the Official Selection. Amour is the Austrian writer/director’s second Palme d’Or winner at Cannes where the film was hailed as a masterpiece after its world premiere. Georges (Jean- Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emanuelle Riva) are a couple in their eighties who have been in a close loving relationship for most of their lives. They are both retired from teaching music and live in a spacious Paris apartment, with a daughter (Isabelle Huppert) in England. One day Anna suffers a loss of memory, the first sign of her emerging illness, and Georges faces the end of their final act together. – Leeds International Film Festival 2012
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell
Click here to read Philip French’s review in The Observer.
Click here to read Peter Bradshaw’s 5 star review in The Guardian.