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Watch: English-Subtitled Trailer For Michael Haneke's 'Amour'

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by Joe Cunningham
May 14, 2012 9:01 AM
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You may not have noticed, but the Cannes Film Festival begins this week, and it won’t be long before we start hearing how the latest cinematic offerings of a whole host of prolific directors stack up. One of said directors with a new film at the festival is everyone’s favorite Austrian auteur, Michael Haneke, who returns to Cannes for the first time since 2009 when “The White Ribbon” (perhaps his finest piece of work) took home the Palme d’Or.

Haneke’s latest film, “Amour,” is due to screen this Sunday at Cannes, and in anticipation of that, a (unfortunately non-subtitled) trailer for the film has been released. The picture stars Emanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Alexandre Tharaud and Isabelle Huppert, and follows “a pair of cultivated, retired music teachers and their daughter, who is also a musician, and lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack, after which the couple's bond of love is severely tested.”

There’s not a lot we can discern from this without subtitles (and hopefully another trailer with those attached will land soon), so for now we’ll just have to go by what we can see, rather than hear. It looks like the action will be mainly confined to the one location, and it looks every inch a Michael Haneke film. The title and the piano music suggests a more positive tone than you might normally expect from the director, but the way it suddenly cuts out at the end suggests that this could be Haneke lulling us into a false sense of security. We’ll be eagerly waiting to hear about this one come Sunday. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in the U.S. [RopeOfSilicon]

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8 Comments

  • Hugo | May 28, 2012 6:53 AMReply

    Haneke is definitely Austrian and not just technically. Sure, he was born in Munich to a German father and an Austrian mother but he is an Austrian citizen, not a German one, he was raised in Austria, went to school and to university there, lives there and works as a professor at the Filmakademie Wien. He also speaks German with an unmistakably Austrian accent, if that counts for anything.

  • Joaquim | May 14, 2012 1:12 PMReply

    My translation of the dialogues:


    ‎-Is there someone here ?
    -Mummy ?
    -When I entered I recalled when I was a kid and heard you making love. I had the sentiment you were in love and that we would always stay together.

    -AAAAAhhh !!
    -What's going on ?

    -It's not Ok.... but what's going on ?

    -You will not ruin your image during your old age isn't it?
    -I will certainly avoid this, but what is my image ?
    -You're a monster sometime.

    -Are you getting mad ?
    -Sit down
    -I don't want to sit down. What's going on here ?

  • joaquim | May 14, 2012 11:13 AMReply

    OK, here is my personal translation:

    -Is there someone here ?

    -Is there someone here?

    -Mummy ?
    -When I entered I recalled when I was a kid and heard you making love. I had the sentiment you were in love and that we would always stay together. 

    -AAAAAhhh !!
    -What's going on ?

    -It's not Ok.... but what's going on ?

    -You will not ruin your image during your old age isn't it?
    -I will certainly avoid this, but what is my image ?
    -You're a monster sometime.

    -Are you getting mad ?
    -Sit down
    -I don't want to sit down. What's going on here ?

  • jingmei | May 14, 2012 10:30 AMReply

    C'est juste vrai cool.

  • Philippe | May 14, 2012 9:39 AMReply

    It looks beautiful.

  • Jesse | May 14, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    Technically Haneke is Austrian, though he was born in Austria. Still apparently he doesn't hold a German passport

  • JESSE | May 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    Sorry I mean he was born in Germany.

  • matt | May 14, 2012 9:31 AMReply

    isn't Haneke Austrian?

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