L'amour à mort (Love Unto Death) (1984)





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Acclaimed French director Alain Resnais, winner of many international film awards for his ground-breaking creativity (Hiroshima, Mon Amour, L'Année Dernière à Marienbad), follows up his successful La Vie Est Un Roman with this continuing saga of love and death. This time, two principal actors from La Vie.. (Pierre Arditi and Sabina Azéma) star as Simon and Elizabeth, a new couple very much in love, and two more (Fanny Ardant and André Dussolier) star as their friends Judith and Jerome Martignac. After Simon has arrived at an archaeological dig he is directing in the south of France, he meets the winsome Elizabeth, and the two fall deeply in love, living joyously together for a full two months. Then Simon has a seizure of sorts and appears to have died, but he miraculously revives with memories of his experience that make his feelings for Elizabeth pale by comparison. As he searches for a way to express and regain that experience, he has another seizure, and this time he does not come back. Elizabeth continues their previous conversations with friends Judith and Jerome, both Protestant ministers, in an effort to come to a decision about her own life and death. In this highly symbolic drama, Simon is clothed only in black, Elizabeth only in red, and several dozen especially composed musical interludes alternate with the action, their sounds accompanied by a snow-like pattern that moves down a black screen. Although critics do not rank this effort by Resnais with some of his earlier, best films, Amour à Mort is still a strong cinematic statement. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Sabine Azéma
as Elisabeth Sutter
Fanny Ardant
as Judith Roche
Pierre Arditi
as Simon Roche
André Dussollier
as Jerome Martignac
Jean Daste
as Doctor Rozier
Geneviève Mnich
as Anne Jourdet
Lou Castel
as Michel Garenne
Françoise Rigal
as Juliette Dottax
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Critic Reviews for L'amour à mort (Love Unto Death)

All Critics (2)

Intellectual teaser that wrestles with discovering more about love and death than meets the eye.

Full Review… | April 3, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There has to be more to life than all this moping.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for L'amour à mort (Love Unto Death)

[b][img]http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/images/noel/lamouramort4.jpg[/img][/b] [b]Meh. This was a huge, HUGE step down from Hiroshima Mon Amour. I really need to see more Resnais, just to find out if most of his stuff leans more toward this or HMA...but I can't hardly find any on DVD...even Netflix![/b] [b]Anyway, the acting here was good. The second half is MUCH better than the first half, when the one character can only take his life so much further. But overall it's just pretty slow and boring. The conversations are at times technically interesting, but something is missing. The worst part is the annoying black screen/floating particles that come on the screen in between scenes every few minutes. I understand the point (you would too if you watched the movie), but it just gets to become TOO MUCH and really takes you out of the experience. [/b]

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