127 min. minutes | Rated PG-13

In his signature style, which is variously described as "brutal," "sadistic," and "unsentimental," Michael Haneke paints the portrait of a well-off, cultured elderly couple in Paris who have to contend with the increasing incapacitation of Anne (Emmanuelle Riva). After suffering a paralyzing stroke, Anne asks her husband Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) to not ever put her in the hospital—so he oversees her final downward spiral. Haneke unflinchingly portrays the mundane, depressing details of caring for a slowly dying spouse. His devotion to honesty yields a result that is technically impressive, beautifully acted, and deeply boring. (MARJORIE SKINNER)

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Michael Haneke
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Michael Haneke