Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are wiry 80-somethings, retired music teachers who have been together for more than a half-century. When a series of strokes robs Anne of her powers of speech and movement, Georges cares for her with the desperate ardor of a teen attending to his first love. The Austrian auteur Michael Haneke is renowned for his formidable, forbidding parables of families beset by a malefic outside force. Amour, whose villain is the decay that awaits us all, stands as his most intimate, and positive, human drama. It is performed by two icons of...

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