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Director Michael Haneke has built a career out of punishing cinema, slyly merging doomsday dramatics with a bleak sense of pace and an occasional burst of dark humor. Think of “The Piano Teacher,” “Cache,” and “Funny Games,” all powerful, sinister snippets of human behavior, but not films that demand a revisit outside of cinema education purposes. “Amour” is perhaps the least outwardly appealing effort from Haneke to date, asking viewers to watch a woman slowly succumb to the horrible effects of a stroke, while her husband carries on almost helplessly, confronted with the reality of death and separation for the first time in his life. It’s upsetting material lined with lead by Haneke, who searches for the meaning of love but can’t help but dwell on the details of decay. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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