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Cannes: 'Amour' stares death in the face

Cannes: 'Amour' stares death in the face
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A sobering French film about a subject millions of miles away from the glamour of the south of France is going before audiences at the Cannes Film Festival.

Amour, follows an elderly married couple who are enjoying a comfortable retirement in Paris when one of them suffers a stroke.

The film’s Austrian director Michael Haneke is this year’s frontrunner for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’or.

“Some moments in life are less pleasurable than others. So I try get to get anger, love or any other strong feelings, into my films in the most efficient way,” Haneke told reporters at Cannes.

The film stars Emmanuelle Riva and veteran French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant as the retired couple. Isabelle Huppert plays his daughter Eva.

Critics say the film is unsparing in its portrayal of the sad, daily routine that defines the couple’s new life following the stroke. Their bond of love is severely tested.