The drama climaxes with a scene in which Trintignant's character kills his aged and ailing wife, played by Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva, by suffocating her with a pillow, and director Michael Haneke reveals the difficult scene was made really tough by his leading man's injury.
Haneke tells Deadline.com, ""The most difficult scene in the film is the one in which he suffocates her (Riva). The scene is preceded by a 10-minute-long monologue. And Jean-Louis Trintignant had a broken wrist at that time, so we had to shoot around that. And Emmanuelle Riva was concerned about her safety physically. So it was difficult for everyone involved.""