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Michael Haneke (2005)

15 Certificate


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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.


A Parisian family begins to receive packages containing videos accompanied by cryptic, childlike drawings, which remind the husband of a shameful incident in his past. It is also evident the couple and their son are under constant surveillance - but with little evidence to suggest they are in any danger, the police refuse to get involved. Thriller, with Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche and Maurice Benichou. In French.

Cast & Crew

Georges Laurent Daniel Auteuil
Anne Laurent Juliette Binoche
Mother Annie Girardot
Majid Maurice Bénichou
Chief Editor Bernard Le Coq
Majid's son Walid Afkir
Pierrot Laurent Lester Makedonsky
Pierre Daniel Duval
Mathilde Nathalie Richard
Yvon Denis Podalydès
Director Michael Haneke
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Other Information

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


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