DVD & Blu-ray review: Amour (12)

Michael Haneke DVD/Blu-ray (127mins)

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“Did I mention you look very pretty tonight?” Jean-Louis Trintignant's octogenarian, Georges, informs his wife, Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), just after their elegant Paris apartment has been burgled. The next morning Anne has a stroke.

It's the start of her terminal physical and mental decline, and Georges decides to cope with her disintegration alone. Every frame is immaculately constructed, but unlike the clinical nature of some of the Austrian's work Amour feels heartfelt, angry and enormously moving. An uncompromising masterpiece, with two immense central performances (above).