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Such a stunning and tragic film…Spoken entirely in French and directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke—he also directed Caché so I should have known what I was in for—its seemingly heartwarming title speaks to a much more delicate and rarely expressed facet of commitment: one should be willing to suffer through anything for the person they love. Focusing specifically on two retired music teachers–Anne and Georges—most of the film is spent going through the motions after Anne suffers a stroke, yet she refuses to accept the residual effects. It becomes clear almost immediately that Georges cares for her in a way only decades of unrelenting devotion could bear, but Anne continues to challenge his compassion in the wake of her stroke. Set against the lilting sounds of a piano, which evoke the couple’s shared memories, Amour succeeds in finding and portraying the promises of marriage that many have lost.