This is a film of slant lights and gray finickiness that always recalls, in every slight gesture, both the inconclusive happy world outside and that of the youthful past, even as it threatens every moment to erupt into absolute darkness and hostility.
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Georges and Anne are a loving couple in their eighties, played with delicate humanity by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. One morning while preparing breakfast, Anne suffers a stroke, paralyzingly the right side of her body. Thus begins the ultimate test of the couple's love for one another,