Amour fou

Synopsis: Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his skeptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin's insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich's subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jessica Hausner
Production: Film Movement
  4 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

- Good dog.

- Vogel!

My little dove.

Are we expecting guests?

Indeed we are.

Even a famous poet.


What does he write?

He has written

about a marquise

who, while unconscious,

is impregnated by an unknown man

and then discovers

that the unknown man

is the man she thought

she was in love with.

And consequently she

can no longer love him.

That sounds rather strange.

Incidents of that kind rarely happen.

Yet I find the fate of

the marquise moving.

As if I were her.

Well then, he must be

a truly outstanding poet,

if his writings give you

such a curious idea!

A violet in the meadow stood

With humble brow,

demure and good

It was the sweetest violet

There came along

a shepherdess

With youthful step

and happiness

Who sang

Who sang along the way

This song


Thought the violet

How I pine for nature's

beauty to be mine

If only for a moment

For then my love

might notice me

And on her bosom fasten me

Oh, I wish

Oh, I wish if only

for a moment long

But, cruel fate!

The maiden came

Without a glance

or care for it

She trampled

down the violet

It sank

And died

But happily

And so I die then

let me die for her

For her

Beneath her darling feet

Poor little violet

It was the sweetest violet

Simply to die for!

- She is an admirer of your marquise.

- Really?

Oh, I wouldn't

call it admiration.

Which woman has

experienced such a fate?

That is what makes

the story so appealing.

To read something one would

never wish to experience,

and yet, bizarrely,

one yearns to imagine it all the same.

I try to describe

what engenders fear,

but perhaps also desire.


I would say one has

to accept one's fate.

- No matter how cruel it may be.

- But you said it yourself.

The marquise is appealing.


That may often be the case.

You say one thing but

also feel another.

Yes, this may often

be the case.

You think you want to live,

but in fact you want to die.

The poor thing.


Frau von Krahl.

I feel sorry for her.

Why is that?

It must be terrible to be

such a famous singer,

being exposed to the

opinion of the public.

What if she made a mistake?

It would be so embarrassing.

But everybody admires her.

Yes, but if she makes a mistake,

she will be despised.

People can be so cruel.

But she is famous,


She has achieved a position.

All by herself.


I may have achieved nothing in life

except to take care of you and Pauline.

But that's enough for me.

That's just the way I am.

And how did you

find our poet?

Oh, him.

He seems to have a rather

melancholic disposition.

He depresses me.

But he appears to like you.

Certainly not.

My soul is in such

a precarious state

that when I stick my

nose out of the window

the daylight pains me with

its constant shimmering.

Some people would consider

this an illness or excess tension.

But not you.

You have the ability to see the world

from a perspective other than your own.

I have become so sensitive

that even the smallest of onslaughts

to which my feelings are exposed

causes me the

greatest of suffering.

You are indeed melancholic today.

Perhaps it is your gall that

troubles your soul? Or...

My dearest friend,

it is not my gall,

but the world itself

that troubles my soul.

I know a doctor who understands

the soul thoroughly.

He healed a woman who was blinded

by a shock and now she can see again.

Nothing upon this

earth can help me.

The present has no

appeal for me at all,

and as for the future,

I can only think of the mortifying fact

that it will end one day.

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Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner (born 6 October 1972) is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. She has directed six films since 1995. Her film Lovely Rita was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Three years later her film Hotel was screened at the 2004 festival. Her 2014 film Amour Fou was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.In 2002 she was a member of the jury at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival.In 2016, she was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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