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Oscar®Oscar® Winner for Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINEE FOR: Best Picture, Best Directing, Writing (Original Screenplay), Actress in a leading role


MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language.
Moral Rating: not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Romance Drama
Length: 2 hr. 7 min.
Year of Release: 2012
USA Release: December 19, 2012 (limited)
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Relevant Issues
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problems of old age, and growing old as a couple

test of a couple’s bond of love

husband and wife relationship

TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

strokes and brain damage

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

murder in the Bible


mercy killing / euthanasia

end of life care / hospice

Featuring Jean-Louis Trintignant … Georges
Emmanuelle Riva … Anne
Isabelle Huppert … Eva
Alexandre Tharaud … Alexandre
William Shimell … Geoff
Ramón Agirre … Concierge’s Husband
Rita Blanco … Concierge
Carole Franck … Nurse #1
Dinara Drukarova … Nurse #2
Laurent Capelluto … Police Officer #1
Jean-Michel Monroc … Police Officer #2
Suzanne Schmidt … Neighbour
Damien Jouillerot … Paramedic #1
Walid Afkir … Paramedic #2
Director Michael Haneke
Producer Les Films du Losange
X-Filme Creative Pool
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Distributor: Sony Pictures. Trademark logo.
Sony Pictures Classics
, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.”

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