• 12
  • Michael Haneke (2012)
  • Fr / Ger / Austria (SUB)
  • 121 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Part adult romance, part middle-class horror movie, Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner is an extraordinary meditation on love and death that succeeds not just on account of its director's calculating intelligence but because of two brilliant performances by its 80-something leads. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva play two moderately well-to-do Parisians living a comfortable existence in relative solitude. Their peers are dying, they have a daughter (Isabelle Huppert) who doesn't visit much, and Riva, a former music teacher, sometimes sees her old students. Yet what was once a close, self-sufficient relationship is rocked when Riva suffers a serious stroke. From here, the film becomes a powerful albeit uncomfortably bleak and forensic study of old age, controlled with icy precision by writer/director Haneke. Trintignant, as the shell-shocked husband, gets the meatier part, but it is the fearless Riva, reduced from a smart and elegant woman into a helpless, insensible shell, who really makes this such an unforgettable experience.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The quiet but comfortable existence of an elderly Parisian couple is rocked to its foundations after one of them suffers a stroke.

Cast and crew


Georges Laurent
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Anne Laurent
Emmanuelle Riva
Isabelle Huppert
Alexandre Tharaud
William Shimell


Michael Haneke

Other Information

French +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Swearing, brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2012
Certificate 12
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd