AMOUR FOU

by Jessica Hausner

Austria/Germany/Luxembourg, 2014, 96 min., colour

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.

 

 

 

Reviews

"What really fascinates is the comedy of errors - and manners - that Hausner stages along the way, commenting sardonically on the various mishaps, misunderstandings and missed connections that ensue as these two lovers (...)  bumble their way towards their tragic destiny (...) drily amusing"
Justin Chang, VARIETY

"A magnificent film (…) unravels methodically and shrewdly the simplest of changes and the most surprising of misunderstandings, in a hushed and almost theatrical atmosphere from which the director draws a deafening intensity fuelled by exceptional aesthetics... an accomplished work of art"
Fabien Lemercier, CINEUROPA

"A complex and exquisitely filmed exploration of a man's desire to find a woman willing to die with him"
Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Jessica Hausner

 

Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing at the Filmakademie of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film FLORA, which won the Léopard de Demain at the Locarno Festival. INTER-VIEW, her graduation film, won the Prix du Jury of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Two years later, LOVELY RITA, her first feature film, was presented in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival before being distributed in twenty territories.

 

Her second feature film HOTEL was again selected in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2004, and won the Grand Prix for the Best Austrian Feature at the Diagonale 2005. LOURDES, her third feature film, won the FIPRESCI award at the Venice Film Festival of 2009. Jessica Hausner is currently developing her fourth feature film project.

FILMOGRAPHY

2009 LOURDES, Fiction, 99 min.
2006 TOAST, Fiction, 45 min.
2004 HOTEL, Fiction, 83 min.
2001 LOVELY RITA, Fiction, 79 min.
1999 INTER-VIEW, Fiction, 48 min.
1995 FLORA, Fiction, 25 min.

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Cannes 2014 - Un Certain Regard

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2014
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96 min.

Jessica Hausner

 Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing at the Filmakademie of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film FLORA, which won the Léopard de Demain at the Locarno Festival. INTER-VIEW, her graduation film, won the Prix du Jury of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Two years later, LOVELY RITA, her first feature film, was presented in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival before being distributed in twenty territories. 

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Austria Austria
Germany Germany
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Reviews: 

"What really fascinates is the comedy of errors - and manners - that Hausner stages along the way, commenting sardonically on the various mishaps, misunderstandings and missed connections that ensue as these two lovers (...)  bumble their way towards their tragic destiny (...) drily amusing"
Justin Chang, VARIETY

"A magnificent film (…) unravels methodically and shrewdly the simplest of changes and the most surprising of misunderstandings, in a hushed and almost theatrical atmosphere from which the director draws a deafening intensity fuelled by exceptional aesthetics... an accomplished work of art"
Fabien Lemercier, CINEUROPA

"A complex and exquisitely filmed exploration of a man's desire to find a woman willing to die with him"
Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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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.   

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