A family settles into their new vacation home, which just so happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood.
Michael Haneke's Funny Games is an intentionally over-the-top disturbing film. It was made in protest against unnecessarily distressing and violent films, questioning the "audience"s" sense of decency and sensitivity to human life on camera. Funny Games is subtitled from Austrian (Deutsch) and follows a middle class family"s idyllic plans to stay at their country retreat. Set in the Austrian countryside beside a lake, the trip takes a sour twist with the introduction of two pleasantly-spoken young gentlemen calling to borrow some eggs. Without depicting any violence throughout this film what-so-ever, it still remains one of the most sinister, violent, sick films I have ever seen. If this doesn"t make sense, watch the film! It makes you squirm in your seat and feel more uncomfortable than any piece of media you will have seen. An extremely unique film which any lover of contemporary European cinema will appreciate. Apart from the overwhelming subject matter of this film, technically it is excellent; the acting, locations, editing and soundtrack are a treat for the eyes. One scene of an empty room and a flickering television is said to be one of the longest ever shots without a cut in cinema history. It is said that Funny Games was intended for the audience to walk out of the cinema before it ended; and if they didn"t the conclusion was that the cinema-goer was either literally mentally sick, or had been subjected to too many violent films prior. However, whether you watch this film for entertainment, cinematic or psychological purposes, you definitely won"t forget this film too soon.
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