Georges and Anna, husband and wife, are former music teachers whose comfortable old age is interrupted by Anna’s sudden illness. Her husband rejects practical solutions, however, and cares for his wife until her last breath.

France, Germany, Austria 2012
  • Czech
128 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 8. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Georges and Anna are octogenarians who don’t yet feel the weight of their years. They are both retired music teachers who always lived in harmony, as is clear from their lively conversation following a concert. Their daughter lives with her family abroad. One day Anna suffers a loss of memory, the first sign of her illness. Georges is thus faced with a difficult test. Although old and feeble himself, he refuses his daughter’s prac­tical solution. In an age when the word love is often a euphemism for sexual satisfaction, Michael Haneke has shot a film about an elderly couple who have not stopped loving each other despite having lived together for so long. Without love, Georges would be unable to care for Anna to her dying breath. And his final act, however extreme, can only be understood as an expression of love. A meditation on old age and dying can never be a picnic, but thanks to the director and his actors, it can prove unforgettable.

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Director: Michael Haneke
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Cinematography: Darius Khondji
Sound: Guillaume Sciama, Jean-Pierre Laforce
Editing: Monika Willi, Nadine Muse
Production Design: Jean-Vincent Puzos
Producer: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
Co-production: Daniel Goudineau, Alice Girard, Bettina Reitz, Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan, Bettina Ricklefs, Michael André
Costumes: Catherine Leterrier
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell, Ramón Agirre, Rita Blanco, Carole Franck, Dinara Drukarova, Laurent Capelluto

Cannes Film Festival

2012 – Michael Haneke (Palme d'Or)

Academy Awards

2013 – Michael Haneke (Best Foreign Language Film)

European Film Awards

2012 – Michael Haneke (European Film)

European Film Awards

2012 – Michael Haneke (European Director)

European Film Awards

2012 – Jean-Louis Trintignant (European Actor)

European Film Awards

2012 – Emmanuelle Riva (European Actress)

  • This film is available until 31. 8. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.