Michael Haneke’s gripping, multi-layered French thriller Caché a.k.a. Hidden commands the viewer’s attention from beginning to end. This writer/director does not eagerly feed answers to his audiences. He relies instead on their intelligence, something severely bereft in most films in the same genre.
Haneke likes to create merciless psychological unsettlement. His favoured technique is by meticulously controlling the delivery of information. He often plays with point-of-view, sometimes destabilising it to attain his desired effect. Key plot hints are sometimes hidden in background subtleties that one only discovers on repeat viewings.
Caché won several prestigious awards. Several other Haneke films have won or been nominated for top accolades. The White Ribbon (2009) won the Cannes Palme d’Or and Funny Games (1997) is probably the most disquieting film we have ever seen. This is a director to be reckoned with.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Michael Haneke
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Cinematography: Christian Berger
Editing: Michael Hudecek, Nadine Muse
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Lester Makedonsky, Maurice Bénichou, Walid Afkir, Annie Girardot, Daniel Duval, Bernard Le Coq