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Caché (2005)

Director:
Michael Haneke
COUNTRY
France/Austria/Germany/Italy
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
NORWEGIAN/ENGLISH TITLE
Skjult/Hidden
RUNNING TIME
117 minutes
Producer:
Veit Heiduschka
Screenwriter:
Michael Haneke


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Georges Daniel Auteuil ½
Anne Juliette Binoche
Majid Maurice Bénichou
Georges' mom Annie Girardot
Majid's son Walid Afkir ½
Pierrot Lester Makedonsky ½
Pierre Daniel Duval

 

Review

The richness, diversity and layers in Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke's latest outing, Caché is without parallel. Haneke backdrops human drama against a political and philosophical document of immense depth. Although largely constructing his narrative like a thriller, Haneke is never interested in the conventional payoff in terms of genre expectations. Caché is more about questions than answers, which won't necessarily satisfy the average moviegoer, but much like Rene Descartes approached philosophy, Haneke's mission is to clear our minds completely before inviting us to exercise it freely.

Daniel Auteuil's performance is a powerhouse. He hits the perfect tone for the part and readily communicates and personifies the variety of emotions and stratums that Haneke utilizes him for. On the basic level, the human drama in Caché is effective if not overwhelming, but metaphorically this is as powerful and multilayered as the viewer's own intellectualism or frame of reference allows it to be. If you want to make a message movie, this is the way to do it.

Copyright © 3.3.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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