Caché

Caché (Hidden): a couple begin receiving video tapes of someone watching them and their home, but who are they from? It starts off fantastically with some phenomenal, haunting long takes that really let your mind run away with who, or what, has their eyes on the family. Unfortunately, the film only has one pace: crawl. Many more long shots, lingering cameras, and a lot of (mostly) banal scenes later, it finally lands at the infuriating, non-event, cop-out ending – not satisfying, and an epic disappointment given how much the movie asks of the viewer. Personally, I’d have liked to see the film slowly build up and gaining momentum through to a conclusion, but hey, what do I know? Towards the end, Auteuil was the only thing keeping me watching – he has a truly magnetic screen presence in almost every movie. It’s very middle-class; based on well-to-do characters in artsy/intellectual jobs and questionable parenting. On the whole, I’m a fan of Haneke’s work, and the social commentary that usually comes with it; unfortunately this is just a little dull, and doesn’t appear to have a whole lot to say. Despite being slow, vague and borderline tedious, Caché is not without some merits; the camerawork is great, and individual scenes are solid and terrifically staged / shot / acted. Divisive French anti-thriller.

Score: 4/10

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3 comments
  1. Colin said:

    I’m the other way round. I don’t like Haneke at all, but like this film a lot. I’ll admit, it’s some years since I saw it last…

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s a strange one. Only re-watched it as the Mrs was losing confidence in my World Cinema choices, and it had popped up on a shitload of “best of the decade” lists, so I assumed it’d be worth the time… confidence shattered!

      Get the feeling I may be missing something though, just wish it was more obvious!

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  2. This movie made me so angry after the first time I saw it. It felt like an offensive, bad joke. I might give this another try somewhere down the line but not any time soon. I had similar feelings when I saw “Melancholia.” Zzz.

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