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Amour Fou

Amour Fou
  • 2014
  • Austria/Luxembourg/Germany
  • 94 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jessica Hausner
  • Cast: Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann
  • Language: German
  • UK release: 6 February 2015

In early 19th century Germany, suicidal poet Henrich (Friedel) fixes on timid housewife Henriette (Schnoeink) and tries to persuade her to partner him into the hereafter. Based on the true story of writer Henrich von Kleist; much of the self-imposed desperation and gloom is seriously amusing if you take it as a satire on extreme Romanticism but take it totally seriously and you may want to kill yourself.

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Amour Fou

2 Feb 20153 stars

Jessica Hausner crafts an enjoyably overblown tale of romantic longing and suicidal urges

A melancholic poet who longs for death — but only if the vivacious woman he loves will agree to a suicide pact, ideally to take place somewhere wild and scenic — is devastated when she laughs him off. Sensible woman! Then the depressed but persistent…

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