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Film Forum: Amour

Michael Haneke's honest portrayal of love and loss is a cathartic experience

By Kathryn Butler
On March 28, 2013

Elderly couple Georges and Anne (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) have for decades shared their lives and their great love for music and, most of all, for each other,. Now in their eighties, the couple seems peacefully settled; their only daughter, Eva (Isabelle Huppert), has grown up into a musician herself and is living abroad with her own family, and Georges and Anne are content in their retirement from teaching. One evening, they happily attend the concert of Anne's former student (Alexandre Tharaud), unaware that it will be one of the last nights they enjoy together.
A few mornings later, their lives change forever in a single moment-the moment when Anne freezes during breakfast, suffering a stroke that goes unnoticed by them both, before snapping back to the present. Although neither one notices this brief lapse, its repercussions are devastating to them both. Georges can only watch helplessly as his beloved wife fades rapidly, signaling the end of their love and life together.
Michael Haneke's Oscar-winning film offers a brutally honest and wrenching view of life and death, yet celebrates the strength and bond of love that lasts a lifetime.
Amour will be showing in French with English subtitles at the Saratoga Film Forum at 320 Broadway this Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for students.

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