French drama directed by Michael Haneke exploring death, ageing and the fear of loss. Anne and George (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) are a couple in their 80s who are enjoying their retirement, but that changes when, after an operation following a stroke, Anne is left wheelchair-bound and paralysed. Although she expresses her wish to die, even going so far as to make an attempt at taking her own life, George tries to remind her of the beauty and worth of life itself and the love that they share for each other.
Note: Michael Haneke's Amour, which won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year, was chosen to represent Austria at the Oscars. In the U.S., the film is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
Introduction by Philippe Rouyer, co-author of 'Haneke by Haneke'
There is a big part of me hoping for a Criterion release, this is much more worthy or being one than the likes of other mediocre new films in the collection like Weekend or Fish Tank. Only good recent titles Criterion released are Kid with a Bike, Hunger and to an extent Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Amour would be a wonderful addition.