Amour Fou

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Amour Fou

Directed by Jessica Hausner

  • Austria, Luxembourg, Germany 2014; 90 min
  • Original version: German
  • Genre: Period drama
    • Best Film - Lisbon & Estoril FF
    • Best Director (Jessica Hausner, International Competition) - FICUNAM

  • Cannes IFF - Un Certain Regard
    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

Synopsis

AMOUR FOU is inspired by the life and death of the poet Heinrich von Kleist and his partner in death, Henriette Vogel. However, rather than being a biographical portrait, the film is a parable about the ambivalence of love.

AMOUR FOU deals with the ambivalence and absurdity inherent in the very concept of two people committing suicide because of their love for one another. Commiting this act is the yearning to escape the inevitability of death through love, to avoid dying alone and to oppose all-powerful death by dictating the terms of one's death. However, the fundamental absurdity lies in the fact that the joined act cannot be experienced jointly in any complete sense, since love is fickle and ambivalent, and everybody – in the end – must die alone.

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