See This - Hidden aka Caché


Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche get increasingly spooked in Michael Haneke's Hidden

 

 

Everyone loves a form/content double whammy, when a film’s story and its method of telling correspond. It’s why Memento succeeds so well, for example, a tale about an amnesiac told in partial and unreliable flashback. How much craftier is Michael Haneke’s psychological thriller Hidden. Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) are media professionals, members of the Parisian chattering classes, liberal right down in their DNA. What could people of such good intent have to do with the rising tide of Islamism, anti-westernism, terrorism? Why are they being blackmailed by an increasingly incriminating series of videotapes? Are they guilty of something, or innocent, as the film seems to proclaim? Haneke’s double whammy is to tell this story both from the point of view of the spooked couple and through the replaying of the videotapes they’ve been sent. Indeed we’re often not sure which point of view we’re seeing events from – is it the dispassionate camera telling us the story from Georges and Anne’s point of view, or is it the politicised camera within the film, the one shooting the videotapes? And it’s on this nub that this brilliant film turns. You could see it as a comment on fictionalised reality, though it is only tangentially that. Or as a more political film which, through Haneke’s dislocating device, dissolves the certainties of fiction and invites the question – are we, Western audiences, no matter how liberal, anti-war, pro-diversity, because we benefit from them, complicit in political actions taken in our name?

© Steve Morrissey 2007

 

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imdb poster Hidden aka Caché
Caché (0)
Run time: 117 min
Rating: 7.3
Genres: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Director: Michael Haneke
Writers: Michael Haneke
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou
Trivia: A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.
Storyline Georges, who hosts a TV literary review, receives packages containing videos of himself with his family–shot secretly from the street–and alarming drawings whose meaning is obscure. He has no idea who may be sending them. Gradually, the footage on the tapes becomes more personal, suggesting that the sender has known Georges for some time. Georges feels a sense of menace hanging over him and his family but, as no direct threat has been made, the police refuse to help…. Written by Simon John
Plot Keywords: friend, drawing, dream, threat, dinner
Box Office Budget: €8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $17,800 (Chile) (8 September 2006)
Gross: $36,151 (Chile) (15 September 2006)