While his sure to be rip-roaring tale of elderly decay was set to be titled These Two, writer and director Michael Haneke (or someone higher up) has apparently decided that the title doesn’t quite work for him. It’s been given the new, possibly ironic title of Love, according to Cineuropa (via IonCinema and ThePlaylist).
But, have no fear, this minor change won’t mean that production is delayed. It’s still set to begin in February with a quick 40-day shoot; excitingly, this means that it could premiere anywhere from Cannes in May to TIFF in September. As I said above, there’s possibly a sense of irony to the new name, and this isn’t anything new, as it could be similar to something like his previous Funny Games, both the Austrian and American versions. When you consider his filmography and the fact that this seems like great material for him to work with, you’d be hard-pressed to not be excited about this project.
Plot: Centers on cultured octogenarians Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), who are retired music teachers. Their daughter (Isabelle Huppert), also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne suffers a minor stroke. When she leaves the hospital and returns home, she is paralysed down one side. The love that binds this old couple will really be put to the test.
What do you think of the new title? Are you a fan of Haneke’s work, and are you excited for this?
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