Amour Fou Blu Ray Review

A visually stunning but deeply empty chamber piece that just falls short. Poet Henrich (Christian Friedal) is deeply mournful and in love with his cousin Marie. He wants her to join him in a suicide pact. However she is less than impressed and decides to object to his idea. When Henrich meets Henriette (Birte Schnoink) a lovely, tender and emotionally available person, he is smitten. This begins the story of her terminal illness and quells his desire to leave this earth as quickly as humanly possible.

I have to confess. I was deeply intrigued by the proposition of this film. A performance piece that meditates on morality and mortality. It received massive positive critical responses and I am always dubious of this because it can underline a desperate convention of critics to stick together or it could reflect a masterpiece. Amour Fou could put itself into rich spaces. Spaces which humans often shy away from. These are the profound places which when visited can reveal much. These places benefit us because they are universal. However Amour Fou is empty of this. It lives in a world of narrow minded and superficial characters. Watching them patrol this place, leaves you absent of emotional resonance. Dulled by this very empty and absent onscreen lack of cohesion, the viewer disembarks from what is going on. Waxing from this deeply powerful visual composition and this horrible weak story and personality. You instead watches the stunning visual form play out and that makes for a slow trudge through an art gallery. These are mirrored with how empty everything else is.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

 

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray Presentation
  • Original 5.1 surround sound
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by director Jessica Hausner
  • Interview with Jessica Hausner
  • Deleted scenes
  • Hausner s short film Oida about the musical duo Attwenger
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Margaret Deriaz

 

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