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by Danny Baldwin

After Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) mercy kills Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) in the startling third act of "Amour," he goes about his business in almost programmatic fashion: preparing the flowers that we've already seen line her corpse in the film's nonlinear opening, writing a letter to explain what he has done, etc. Completely wordless, following Georges in his newfound state of solitude, the sequence relies entirely on Trintignant's performance and filmmaker Haneke and cinematographer Darius Khondji's framing and staging. But the audience does not get a true emotional window into Georges' psyche until Georges ends up softly cradling the pigeon that has been a pest to him for the rest of the film, flying through the apartment window as it so pleases. The sequence was reportedly shot 12 times, serving as the audience's primary post-killing insight into Georges as the film rather promptly concludes after it.

Amour (Haneke, 2012) — Georges Smothers Anne, Then Copes

After he mercy kills his wife, Georges paternally cradles the bird who annoyed him throughout the rest of "Amour."

from Amour (2012)
Creator: Michael Haneke
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted by Danny Baldwin