Michael Haneke has directed some controversial and divisive movies over the years, often confronting audiences with dark and challenging subject matter. Although the title of his latest film might lead one to believe he’s getting soft, the movie actually seems to be quite challenging in its own way. Amour won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and is earning plenty of praise from critics, but by all accounts it is not a particularly pleasant experience.
The story revolves around a couple in their eighties who come face to face with their mortality after one of them suffers a stroke. The movie delves into the sadness, frustration and also the minutiae of dealing with a life-threatening illness, but also the meaning of love. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva star along with Isabelle Huppert as their daughter, and it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics will be rolling it out just in time for awards consideration. Amour hits select theatres on Dec. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.