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Five things to do in Edinburgh: Friday 16 November

Your pick of the city’s nights out

• FILM: AMOUR (12A)

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke has never shied away from the uncomfortable, harsh realities of modern life, and in Amour he crafts a heartbreaking love story threaded with raw emotion, tenderness and regret that is almost too much to bear. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are stunning as elderly married couple Georges and Anne. Anne’s balmy retirement is shattered when she suffers a minor stroke and as her condition deteriorates, she makes clear her suffering - “I don’t want to go on...” Haneke charts the couple’s final days and weeks together with unflinching honesty, refusing to look away as the doting wife is rendered an empty shell and Georges clings on to memories of the past to prevent him sinking into the depths of despair. Amour delights in the minutiae of Georges and Anne’s relationship - those small, seemingly insignificant moments that come to mean so much as the wife drifts away. Haneke’s direction is flawless, making him a strong contender for consideration in the forthcoming awards season.

Filmhouse, Lothian Road, various times and prices

• MUSIC: UK Subs

Legendary old school punks on 35th anniversary tour.

Citrus Club, Grindlay Street, 7.30pm, £15, 0131-622 7086

• MUSICAL: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Bill Kenwright’s production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns, with Keith Jack starring.

The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, £12-£35, 0844-871 3014

• THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back with an all-new cast.

King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 7.30pm, £11.50–£22 (£8.50–£19), 0131-529 6000

• COMEDY: The Saturday Show

With Dag Soras, James Kirk, Fern Brady and host Susan Morrison.

The Stand, York Place, 9pm, £15, 0131-558 7272

 

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