Entertainment Weekly - 02/01/2006
"[A] fabulously upsetting, doesn't-leave-your-head thriller....The picture moves with stealth, enjoying its own thriller-ness as hints are laid and mislaid." -- Grade: A
USA Today - 12/23/2005
"[U]nsettling and tense, even shocking. And its story of enduring tensions between an Algerian immigrant and a well-off French family is particularly timely."
Los Angeles Times - 12/23/2005
"[T]aut, terse, brisk and immediately engaging....This is provocative filmmaking at its finest, boasting portrayals that are impeccable because they are so completely natural."
New York Times - 01/06/2006
"[A] tense, politically tinged psychological thriller about vengeance and injustice."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 01/01/2006
"[T]his beautifully controlled, gripping film benefits from the pitch-perfect performances of Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche."
Uncut - 02/01/2006
"Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche are masterful....It's brilliantly tense, original and hypnotic."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2006
"HIDDEN is really the latest of Haneke's portraits of the bourgeois European family and its discontents....Haneke's most rigorous yet."
Total Film - 07/01/2006 5 stars out of 5 -- "HIDDEN's story is tight, its characters compulsive....[Haneke] has a point, and it's chilling and beautifully made."
Premiere - 09/01/2006 4 stars out of 4 -- "It's a moral and political allegory wrapped in the husk of a suspense thriller, and Haneke makes their nightmares ours by hiding a few puzzle pieces."
Empire - 01/01/2008 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] masterpiece....[With an] intentionally cryptic narrative. It's not called HIDDEN for nothing."
Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with CACHÉ. Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche), a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son, Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep, showing their house under surveillance from across the street, their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive, accompanied by mysterious drawings, and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts him, the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood, yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon, their happy home is an emotional battleground, leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness.
Though Haneke's film works first and foremost as an insidious thriller, it is also a powerful commentary on the urban paranoia and racism that continue to permeate modern society. Without using a score, and keeping his camera detached and static, Haneke nonetheless establishes a nearly unbearable level of tension. Not for the squeamish, CACHÉ remains a work of menacing brilliance, and was the winner of the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Family Crises |
Paris, France |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical Release: December 23, 2005
This film screened as the closing-night selection in Lincoln Center's 2005 New York Film Festival.