Amour & Side Effects: The end of life as they know it

The latest release from Michael Haneke, and a wave of relief considering the soul-crushing previous White Ribbon, concerns the final days of an elderly couple Georges and Anne (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanualle Riva in fantastic form).If we’re talking finality then Side Effects plays alongside rather neatly. There are no old, wrinkly people to speak of (rather a more photogenic cast); this plays as more of an exercise in the finality of careers/social lives/freedom.