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Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Lester Makedonsky

     
 

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Paranoia grips a bourgeois European family when a series of menacing videotapes begin turning up on their doorstep in Piano Teacher director Michael Haneke's dark drama. From the outside, Georges (Daniel Auteuil), Anne (Juliette Binoche), and son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky) are the typical middle-class European family, but when a series of mysterious videotapes

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Paranoia grips a bourgeois European family when a series of menacing videotapes begin turning up on their doorstep in Piano Teacher director Michael Haneke's dark drama. From the outside, Georges (Daniel Auteuil), Anne (Juliette Binoche), and son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky) are the typical middle-class European family, but when a series of mysterious videotapes accompanied by morbid drawings reveal that someone has been monitoring their house, Georges begins to suspect that his past has come back to haunt him. It was during France's occupation of Algeria that Georges wronged a young Algerian boy named Majid (Maurice Bénichou), and as the enraged father and husband begins tracking down his former friend, the line between victim and predator becomes increasingly blurred.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This fascinating French drama -- a multiple winner in Cannes (2005) and the subject of considerable critical acclaim -- has the hallmarks of a thriller but digs deeply into darker psychological territory. Director Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher) employs a more conventional narrative approach than his earlier films as a platform for exploring issues of willful amnesia and repressed guilt. Erudite, smug TV talk show host Georges (Daniel Auteuil), his wife, Anne (Juliette Binoche), and their 12-year-old son, Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky), find their placid bourgeois existence disrupted by the anonymous deliveries of videotapes apparently shot right outside their home. The tapes, along with a succession of cryptic phone calls, convince Georges that his family is being stalked by a voyeur with sinister intentions; but he knows not why. Slowly, George’s complacency, his refusal to accept responsibility for earlier actions, and his vigorous denial of personal guilt begin to surface. Revealing the identity of the tormentor isn’t Haneke’s primary goal: Rather, it is the baring of Georges’s soul that becomes paramount in this deliberately paced, provocative film. With skillful performances by two of France’s most popular and accomplished actors, Cache dares to unsettle, as well as intrigue, its audience.
All Movie Guide
Critics tended to agree that Michael Haneke's Caché represented a singular vision. What they couldn't mutually reconcile was whether he employed that vision toward a catharsis viewers would find satisfying -- or even accept as an ending for the film. A bracingly simple yet original take on the gradually escalating stalker story, Caché finishes in a way that shouldn't be revealed. In fact, it shouldn't even be hinted at, except that it plays a role in whether the movie is worth recommending. Suffice it to say that the ending is unconventional -- brilliant to some, maddening to others. Fortunately, the journey getting there is rich enough that even the most negative reaction to the conclusion can't spoil the experience on the whole. The eerie surveillance tapes -- which seem to come from a camera angle that couldn't exist in reality -- set the tone, and French acting treasure Daniel Auteuil sustains the tension through a performance of great quiet fear. The eventual revelations of his character Georges' secret guilt, and the details of what he's accused of, are somewhat mundane. But that's beside the point, because Caché is about subjective rather than absolute emotional damage. Georges may be deserving of these opaque threats and psychically violent intrusions into his domestic world, or he may not, but the film explores how the mere implication of guilt can twist and transform. Juliette Binoche, working in her native French, is equally strong as the wife who must absorb the dissolution of her home life without being offered an explanation for it, even though her husband knows more than he's saying. The film has enough good surprises to offset the debatable ones, and is composed at every level with consummate artistry, so Caché is an important work.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
UPC:
5021866005409
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ais
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Michael Haneke interview; Theatrical trailer; Making of documentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Auteuil Georges
Juliette Binoche Anne
Lester Makedonsky Pierrot
Maurice Bénichou Majid
Annie Girardot Georges' Mother
Bernard Le Coq Editor
Daniel Duval Pierre
Nathalie Richard Mathilde
Denis Podalydès Actor
Aïssa Maïga Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Haneke Director,Screenwriter
Christian Berger Cinematographer
Lisy Christl Costumes/Costume Designer
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Production Designer
Valerio de Paolis Co-producer
Veit Heiduschka Producer
Michael Hudecek Editor
Christoph Kanter Production Designer
Michael Katz Producer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Margaret Menegoz Producer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
Nadine Muse Editor
Michael Weber Co-producer

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Hidden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film takes its time and unwinds just a little with each new scene. You will need some patience and a little faith because it does not have the quick editing so many American films have, but it is worth it. Never take your eyes off the screen. You will miss soemthing in the amazing performances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first scene says it all
Bari_Unique More than 1 year ago
This is a riveting mystery-thriller that will hold you spellbound to your seat. Wonderful performances by Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil as a husband and wife who suddenly find themselves being watched and videotaped. It is eerie to watch them watching the videotapes of themselves with fear and unease not knowing who, what, or even why this is happening to them. Throughout the story is interwoven snippets of the husband's past as a child come back to haunt him in the present leading to wild accusations and even a surprise staged "murder" that is not a murder after all. It was interesting to see how quickly and easily even the strongest of relationships can unravel through a tangled web of lies, deceit, and fear. The film ends as it begins--with surveillance and unease and the never answered question of who, what, and why. This was an interesting movie, but I rather prefer movies with a definite black and white ending, and was rather disappointed by the endings vagueness. The title "Cache"--Hidden--is very apropo for the many hidden facets of this film.