Emmanuelle Riva, 85, has garnered critical acclaim for her role in "Amour," a French-language film in which a long-married couple deals with the wife's slow descent toward death from a disease. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Emmanuelle Riva, 85, has garnered critical acclaim for her role in "Amour," a French-language film in which a long-married couple deals with the wife's slow descent toward death from a disease. (Sony Pictures Classics)