Michael Haneke's elliptical thriller is an incredibly taut, suspenseful examination of guilt, racism, and the power of spectatorship. Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche are perfect as a couple who begin receiving mysterious video tapes showing hours of footage of the outside of their home. The mystery deepens to include Auteuil's past, haunted by a guilt he longed to forget, but which the neutral observation of video reawakens. The film is a meditation on the ways in which past atrocities are covered up, and on the power of the image (and especially film) for bringing such buried secrets to light. Haneke intentionally obscures the perspective of his camera so the audience is never sure who's watching -- the director, the mysterious filmer who's sending the videos, the characters, or just the audience themselves.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with 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. Actors Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir, Lester Makedonsky, Daniel Duval, Nathalie Richard, Denis Podalydes, Aissa Maiga, Caroline Baehr, Christian Benedetti & Philippe Besson Director Michael Haneke Certificate 15 years and over Year 2005 Screen Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic Languages French - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English Duration 1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)
Acclaimed French thriller from writer-director Michael Haneke. Georges (Daniel Auteuil) is a successful TV presenter, happily 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 go about their daily business. Gradually the tapes become more intimate and 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. Be sure to keep watching as the credits roll...