'Til Death Do Us Part

An incandescent portrait of love everlasting

Taking place almost entirely in an elderly couple's Paris apartment, Michael Haneke's steely, poignant Amour is a chamber drama on the subject of love at the end of life. In Funny Games, Cach and The White Ribbon, the renowned Austrian filmmaker acquired a rep as a Mensa sadist, torturing his characters and audiences with acts of physical and psychological brutality. Here, though, he regards his protagonists with admiration and affection. As Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) suffers two strokes and loses her mobility and speech, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) attends to her needs with the obsessiveness of a teen boy who thinks no one...

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