Amour fou

  • 96'
  • Austria
  • 2014
Young Romantic poet Heinrich is trying in early nineteenth-century Berlin to overcome the inevitability of death through love. 'Would you like to put an end to your life, with me?' he asks the women he meets at countless cultural evenings. When his lively, sceptical cousin Marie proves impervious to his weltschmerz, Heinrich turns his attentions to Henriette, the incurably sick wife of a business acquaintance.
Austrian Jessica Hausner (Lovely Rita, Hotel, Lourdes) based her refined, solidly designed costume drama Amour fou around the life and death of the German author, poet and essayist Heinrich von Kleist (Michael Kohlhaas, Die Marquise von O.), who made a suicide pact with cancer sufferer Henriette Vogel: they both shuffled off this mortal coil in the early morning of 21 November 1811.
Amour fou, however, is neither an overly serious biopic nor a heavy drama; it is much more a tragi-romantic, slightly absurd parable about the ambivalence of love.
Director
Jessica Hausner
Countries of production
Austria, Luxembourg, Germany
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
96'
Medium
DCP
Language
German
Producers
Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher Ivanceanu, Philippe Bober
Production Companies
Coop99 Filmproduktion, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion
Sales
Coproduction Office
Screenplay
Jessica Hausner
Cinematography
Martin Gschlacht
Editor
Karina Ressler
Production Design
Katharina Wöppermann
Sound Design
Nicolas Tran Trong
Cast
Christian Friedel, Birte Schnöink
Local Distributor
Lumière
Website
http://amourfou-film.com