AMNESIA
2015, Film Movement, 96 min, Switzerland/France, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

This 1990s-set tale of German expats brings director Barbet Schroeder back to Ibiza, the scene of his debut feature, though the soundtrack here is techno rather than Pink Floyd. Twenty-something composer Jo (Max Riemelt) has come over from Berlin hoping to get a job as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha (Marthe Keller) has been living alone in her house facing the sea for 40 years. One night Jo knocks on her door; they become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. Costarring Bruno Ganz. "A simple yet poignant drama with sharp historical undertones." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter.


AMOUR
2012, Sony Pictures Classics, 127 min, France, Dir: Michael Haneke

The latest film from acclaimed writer-director Michael Haneke was inspired by a similar situation in his own family. Retired music teachers Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) are living a quiet life in their Paris apartment when Anne suffers a stroke. Her condition deteriorates following surgery, and she exacts a promise from her husband not to send her to a nursing home - but the strain of caring for his wife mounts on George, and daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) is little help. This heart-breaking look at love in the twilight of life won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was named best film of the year by Time magazine. In French with English subtitles.


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