• 15
  • Michael Haneke (2005)
  • Fr / Austria / Ger / It (SUB)
  • 113 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Michael Haneke's Paris-set drama plays with levels of reality right from the start. It opens with a seemingly innocuous shot of a street that turns out to be footage from one of several mysterious and unnerving video tapes sent to bourgeois couple Georges and Anne Laurent (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche). Georges can't imagine who is sending the tapes, but scrawled drawings that accompany some of them begin to trigger memories of his childhood, particularly of a shameful incident involving an Algerian boy. And so the film begins to methodically unravel the many meanings of the title: here are hidden cameras, hidden secrets and people of colour who might as well be hidden for all the notice that wealthy white people like Georges and Anne take of them. The sense of dread that the director expertly builds up may lead more literal-minded viewers to expect tidy, thriller-style closure at the end. But, marshalling together themes and notions about morality that have pervaded his work for years - from Benny's Video through to Funny Games - Haneke produces something far more unsettling, oblique and undoubtedly masterful.

Plot Summary

Mystery thriller starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil. Successful Parisian couple Anne and Georges Laurent begin to receive secretly shot videotapes of their home and private life, accompanied by macabre drawings. As the tapes become more personal in nature, they begin to reveal a secret from Georges's past.

Cast and crew


Georges Laurent
Daniel Auteuil
Anne Laurent
Juliette Binoche
Annie Girardot
Maurice Bénichou
Chief Editor
Bernard Le Coq
Majid's son
Walid Afkir
Pierrot Laurent
Lester Makedonsky
Daniel Duval
Nathalie Richard
Denis Podalydès


Michael Haneke

Other Information

French +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Contains violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Jan 2006
Certificate 15