Previously at the ICA - Films
7 Dec 2012 – 30 Jan 2013
Austrian auteur Michael Haneke (Hidden, The White Ribbon) returns with this masterful, heartbreaking new film about a marriage tested by the onset of illness. Elderly couple Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Three Colours Red) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour), retired music teachers, live a contented life enjoying one another’s company in Paris, dividing their time between reading, playing music and concerts in the evenings. But when Anne suffers a stroke, Georges must learn to care for her in an entirely new way, calling on their daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher) to help him cope with a wife and mother almost entirely transformed by illness. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, this exquisite, beautifully acted film – arguably one of the year’s finest – is an absolute must-see for fans of Haneke and newcomers to his devastating filmmaking style. Contains one use of strong language and distressing scenes.
Michael Haneke, Austria/France, 2012, 127 mins. French with English subtitles.