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Amour fou

You think you want to live, but in fact you want to die
Berlin, 1810: a young Romantic poet pines for a woman to join him in a pact to end his despair, which will be the ultimate expression of their love.
Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin’s insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich’s subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that  is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. 
AMOUR FOU is a “romantic comedy” based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.
Original title
Amour fou
English title
Amour fou
Year
2014
Language
DE
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
92 min
Genre
Age rating
15

Festivals
National
Be2Can
International
Cannes

Awards

Cannes IFF
Un Certain Regard Award
2014
Rotterdam IFF
Limelight
2015
Austrian Film Award
Best Screenplay, Best Editing
2015

Media reception

The Guardian
"Weirdly compelling, with an undertone of absurdity worthy of Woody Allen's Love and Death."
Roger Ebert
"It illustrates, both bluntly and gently, the stultifying trap of male influence."

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