The Austrian trade organization, FAMA, has revealed its selection of Haneke's French-language “Amour” to be their entry for the 2013 Foreign Language Film Oscar, marking a change of pace from “The White Ribbon,” when Germany angered Austria by representing the film instead of them. However, with “Amour” anchored by two strong central performances in French actors Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and a narrative involving a husband's attempts to make his wife's post-stroke days as comfortable as possible, they've hardly got a light-weight contender to throw their support behind.
Isabelle Huppert also shows up in a supporting role, and in our Cannes review we remarked the film to be “powerful, unflinching stuff with Haneke following the story with his trademark intensity right until the end.” And if the excruciating images of a couple's final days that leave you sobbing on the drive home aren't enough, details of composer Alexandre Tharaud's score - which features a number of Schubert and Beethoven pieces -- have also been released, so you can take the sentiment to work with you the next day.
"Amour" Soundtrack Tracklisting
1. Impromptu, Op. 90 D899, No. 3 En Sol Bémol Majeur – Franz Schubert
2. Impromptu, Op. 90 D899, No. 1 En Ut Mineur – Franz Schubert
3. Bagatelle, Op. 126, No. 2 En Sol Mineur
4. Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ Bwv639 – Johann Sebastian Bach/ Ferruccio Busoni
5. Moment Musical, Op. 94 D780, No. 3 En Fa Mineur – Franz Schubert
6. Bagatelle, Op. 33, No. 4 En La Majeur – Ludwig van Beethoven
7. Bagatelle, Op. 33, No. 2 En Ut Majeur – Ludwig van Beethoven
8. Extrait No. 1
9. Extrait No. 2