Hidden/The Beat That My Heart Skipped/Lemming DVD


Set Comprises: Hidden (Cache): Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive accompanied by mysterious drawings and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts... him the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon their happy home is an emotional battleground leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness. Though Haneke's film works first and foremost as an insidious thriller it is also a powerful commentary on the urban paranoia and racism that continue to permeate modern society. Without using a score and keeping his camera detached and static Haneke nonetheless establishes a nearly unbearable level of tension. Not for the squeamish Hidden remains a work of menacing brilliance and was the winner of the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. The Beat My Heart Skipped (De Battre de Mon Coeur C'est Arrete): In this follow-up to his critical success Read My Lips Jacques Audiard has adapted and updated James Toback's cult 1978 noir Fingers to come up with this memorable character study about a young man torn between a life of crime and classical music. Romain Duris in a standout performance portrays the 28 year-old Tom who seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a Parisian property shark working in a sleazy and sometimes brutal milieu. However a chance encounter with his late mother's music agent rekindles a desire for a musical career and hope for a better life. The Beat That My Heart Skipped premiered at Berlin 2005 where it played to enthusiastic audiences and won the Silver Bear for Best Score in addition to securing Best Film Not In The English Language at the 2006 BAFTA ceremony Lemming: Alain (Laurent Lucas) seems to have it all - a beautiful wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) a perfect home and a prestigious new engineering job. But the unexpected sexual attentions of his boss' disconcertingly glacial wife (Charlotte Rampling) and the discovery of a rodent unaccountably stuck in the waste pipe of his kitchen sink spark the beginning of a strange unsettling and sometimes shocking chain of events that disrupts Alain's orderly life and leaves him questioning his own sanity. Featuring a masterfully unnerving performance from Charlotte Rampling the new film from director Dominik Moll (Harry He's Here to Help) is a chillingly suspensful and darkly comic ps [show more]

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03 December 2007
Artificial Eye 
341 minutes 
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A collection of three of the best French thrillers of recent years. 'Hidden' (2005) is a slow-burning mystery that raises some ghosts of France's recent past from writer-director Michael Haneke. Georges (Daniel Auteuil) is a successful TV presenter, married to Anne (Juliette Binoche). Their idyllic, middle-class life is suddenly derailed when Georges starts receiving tapes through the post, from someone who has been secretly filming him and his family as they get about their daily business. Gradually the tapes become more intimate and more personal, suggesting that the perpetrator is someone who knows Georges well. With the police unable to help, Georges and Anne find their comfortable existence gradually unravelling into paranoia and mistrust. 'The Beat That My Heart Skipped' (2005) is a superior remake of the American film, 'Fingers' (1978). Romain Duris takes the part (that Harvey Keitel played in the original) of Tom, an aspiring musician playing seedy bars in the backstreets of Paris. Torn between his music and the example of his sleazy father's life of crime, Tom seems set to follow in his footsteps. But when he meets by chance a friend of his concert pianist mother's, Tom's musical ambitions are awoken and he strives to make a better life for himself. Can he escape his dark past and the shadow of his father? In 'Lemming' (2005), lain (Laurent Lucas) seems to have everything - a good job, a beautiful wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and a perfect home. But when he discovers the corpse of a rodent in his kitchen sink, and when he falls for his boss's cold wife (Charlotte Rampling), his life takes an unnerving and strange turn for the worse, as a series of events unfold that leave him questioning his own sanity.