- Amour fou
- Section: Best of
- Austria, Luxembourg, Germany
- 2014 / 96 min.
- Director: Jessica Hausner
- Cast: Birte Schnöink, Christian Friedel, Stephan Grossmann, Sandra Hüller, Holger Handtke
- German version with Czech subtitles
Contact: Film Europe
Amour Fou highlights the incongruous notion of romantic suicide-pacts.
Heinrich, a young German poet in Berlin at the start of the 19th century, longs to commit a suicide of romance, and tirelessly seeks a kindred spirit prepared to terminate her earthly existence with him. He grows disappointed with the insensitivity of those around him, losing all hope when he fails even to persuade his cousin, Maria. Fortunately, he encounters Henriette, the young, modest and introspective wife of a businessman suffering from “afflictions of the spirit” and, it would appear, another deadlier disease.
Awards: FF Lisbon & Estoril 2014: Best film. Austrian Film Award 2015: Best screenplay; film editing. International Cinephile Society Awards 2015: Best picture.
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