To celebrate the release of Vortex, the latest from acclaimed director Gaspar Noé, Culture Shock presents a diverse selection of films personally curated by Noé himself, each relating to the narrative, formal and collaborative elements of Vortex.
A masterful, heartbreaking film about a marriage tested by the onset of illness, from Austrian auteur Michael Haneke (Hidden, The White Ribbon).
Elderly couple Georges (Trintignant, Three Colours Red) and Anne (Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour), retired music teachers, live a contented life enjoying one another’s company in Paris, dividing their time between reading, playing music and concerts in the evenings. But when Anne suffers a stroke, Georges must learn to care for her in an entirely new way, calling on their daughter Eva (Huppert, The Piano Teacher) to help him cope with a wife and mother almost entirely transformed by illness.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, this exquisite, beautifully acted film is an absolute must-see for fans of Haneke and newcomers to his devastating filmmaking style.