Amour Fou

2015

Amour Fou (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Amour Fou risks overpowering its deceptively impactful story with its remarkable visuals, but ultimately forms a fascinating whole.

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Berlin, 1810: Heinrich von Kleist (1777 - 1811), a despondent young poet/dramatist, pines for a woman to join him in a pact to end his despair - and which, absurdly, he conceives as the ultimate expression of romantic love. To this end, he meets Henrietta Vogel, a high-society lady who is fascinated by his controversial novella, The Marquise of O. Inspired by the historical events that led to this famed double suicide, Austrian director Jessica Hausner vividly imagines early 19th century haute bourgeois Berlin: the hushed drawing rooms, deliberate rhythms of family life, the period décor and clothing - all suffused with a color scheme worthy of Vermeer. (C) Film Forum

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Less than propulsive as a narrative, but provocative, instructive, consistently surprising and a kind of slow-motion thriller.

Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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Despite being inspired by actual events, it all comes off more confounding than tragic or romantic.

Mar 19, 2015 | Full Review…

It illustrates, both bluntly and gently, the stultifying trap of male influence.

Mar 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Hausner's film feels authentically quiet and slower-paced for the time period ...

Mar 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It can be a strategically off-putting movie yet one that also steals under your skin scene by scene and through Ms. Schnoeink's slowly revealing performance as an ill-fated heroine turned future biographical footnote.

Mar 18, 2015 | Full Review…

One thing's certain: This is no swoony love story. It intoxicates all the same.

Mar 17, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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