AUSTRIA / LUXEMBOURG / GERMANY – 2014 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE -
IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY JESSICA HAUSNER
Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitabil- ity of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical 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. AMOUR FOU is a “romantic comedy” based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.