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Two Clips From Oscar Favorite ‘Amour’

Two Clips From Amour
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Amour‘ has quite the pedigree. It’s the latest film from the widely beloved (and often controversial) Michael Haneke and the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In short, it’s one of the immediate frontrunners for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar nominations. For some, two clips from this production is akin to two clips from ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ If you’re one of those people, watch them below!

The clips should be familiar to anyone who has seen a Haneke film before. Each clip is composed of lengthy, static shots that lend even the most innocent-looking moments an air of horrible unease. Although the plot of ‘Amour’ doesn’t suggest something as directly brutal as ‘Funny Games’ or ‘Cache,’ this is evidence that Haneke is not taking it easy…and he’s certainly not going to take it easy on us, the audience.

Here’s the official synopsis for ‘Amour’:

“In the film, Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter (Huppert), who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family.  One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.”

It may not sound like much, but considering the film’s acclaim and the career of the director, we can certainly expect something special. Here are the clips:

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