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AMOUR FOU Unclassified 18+

International Panorama | Feature
D Jessica Hausner | Austria,Germany,Luxembourg, 2014
L German
Tags: After Work, Australian Premiere, Auteur, Biography, Black Comedy, Drama, Historical, Literary, Screened at Cannes
 

"A dryly amusing and ambiguously layered account of the famed double suicide of Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel." – Variety

After being rebuffed by several women, German author Heinrich von Kleist puts his offer of a suicide love pact to the wife of a business friend. Perhaps it is her crushingly boring life or Kleist's persistence, but the peculiar idea takes a hold.

Jessica Hausner's (Lourdes, MIFF 2010) complex and beautifully filmed feature views the romantic ideal of a lovers' suicide sceptically by focusing on the reality of what that means. In turn creepy, awkwardly droll and tragic, this ‘rom-com', which is loosely based on Kleist's 1811 suicide pact, slowly turns the dramatic screws through to its exquisitely staged ending.

Set in the rarefied world of 19th-century Berlin aristocracy (in arms over a new tax levy. Imagine!), Amour Fou is a distinctly original period drama.

"A delightful comedy of errors and acidic analysis of love's remarkable talent for idiocy." – Indiewire

D/S Jessica Hausner P Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Philippe Bober WS Coproduction Office L German w/English subtitles TD DCP/2014

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