When a series of anonymously-produced videos reveal they're under surveillance, a TV talk show host and his wife find themselves embroiled in a mystery steeped in obsession, denial and guilt.
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Fresh: Haneke's patient, tip-toed assault turns Cach from a little movie about spooked haute-bourgeois media personalities into a sneaky and effective expos on the artifice of film.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, February 10, 2006
Fresh: Here, no image and no act of viewing seems entirely innocent.
- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Haneke doesn't just communicate anything to be left up to the viewer; he stacks up many ideas for the viewer to pick through.
- Christopher Campbell, Cinematical, Thursday, June 24, 2010
The feeling of emptiness your heart receives in the end is close to unbearable.
- paulkoh110, Monday, June 11, 2012
The film opens with one of the more daring static shots you'll ever see, a couple of solid minutes of footage of the protagonists' house, and people coming and going, passing by, and - of course, this is Haneke - a moment where the tape is rewound to remind you that you are watching a movie. In come the voices of Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, who we learn are watching this tape that has been sent to them. Here begins the story, in which more mysterious packages arrrive, all seemingly with the goal of getting through the exterior of their happy, consumer-society life to reveal that which is... wait for it... hidden. By degrees, the film reveals more pieces from one character's past - who struggles with how much of it to tell to the other charcter - and it sets up misdirects along the way, too, before closing with a final shot that - were it not for the 20+-minute interview on with Haneke in the DVD's special features - I might have interpreted totally differently: there's an element that apparently, only half the viewers notice, and the interpretation of the film comes out differently as a result. Hard to go into much more detail with this film without ruining the intrigue, but suffice to say, it has all the calling cards of the classic psychological thriller, and that it's one of the more intellectually accomplished films you will see in the way that it succeeds in leaving everything open to interpretation, and questioning constantly what is in the open and what is... once more?... hidden. Fantastic film. This is my third Haneke (Funny Games; The White Ribbon), and I'm learning that I've really been missing out.
- danperry17, Monday, January 30, 2012
Ah Michael Haneke, we meet again. This time around, Haneke delivers a film about a Parisian family whose quiet and rather mundane existance is disturbed by the arrival of videotapes of their home, as well as some menacing drawings, all of them sent by an anonymous sender for seemingly unkniwn reasons. There are some theories as to who is sending them, and why, but the answers aren't really the focus. The film is mainly interested in examinging guilt and paranoia, and the effects they can have, whether they are really justified or not. It's a very interesting concept, and the film gives some pretty good food for thought. It has a heavy Twilight Zone vibe to it, as well as some similar stuff that was used previously in David Lynch's Lost Highway. I guess you could call this a thriller, but not really a whole lot happens, and yet, the film is still somehow very creepy and unsettling, like the bulk of Haneke's work. Also like them, this employs his trademark use of no soundtrack, lengthy static shots and long takes, usually with a point, instead of just being hollow displays of flashiness. I did like this movie, but I'm torn between the rating I've given it and a half star more. On one hand, the film is intriguing and thought provoking, and I like the style and techniques at hand, on the other, the film is rather maddening in that it's not for all tastes, and will drive some people nuts because of it's deliberate pace and open-ended nature. Some might like how it ends, others will hate it. I'm not sure what I think of it yet. If you want to see something that is oozing with artistic craft, and makes the oridnary eeire, and also makes you work instead of just spoon feeding you everything, then give this one a go. If not, then find something else to watch.
- cosmo313, Sunday, November 20, 2011