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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for brief strong violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A creepy but suspenseful French psychological thriller.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Documentary on director Michael Haneke; Behind the scenes of Caché.

Caché (Hidden)
An upper class French couple, Georges (Daniel Auteuil), who's the host of a television talk show and his wife (Juliette Binoche) receive a mysterious two hour surveillance videotape of their home with no idea who made it. All it reveals is that someone, for some reason, is videotaping them. They obviously become unnerved. The police can offer no help because no actual crime has been committed. Then a second tape arrives, with similar footage shot from the same vantage point, this time accompanied by a crayon drawing of a boy with a bloody mouth. Soon a third tape arrives, this time shot on location at Georges' childhood home, with a more graphic crayon drawing accompanying it. As their discomfort builds, Georges remembers his childhood and tells his wife that he may have some idea about who may have made the tapes but he’s been withholding his suspicions because he didn’t want to upset her. Also their teenage son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky), unexpectedly lashes out at his mother and Georges wonders if maybe one of Pierrot's friends has been making the tapes as a joke. The level of alarm progresses from there. Who is sending these tapes? And what do they mean? The theme of latent distrust among the family members builds gradually, culminating in an ending that sees their sense of calm perhaps irrevocably changed.

This gripping film was written and directed by Austrian-born Michael Haneke (whose last film, "The Piano Teacher," was equally disturbing, but for different reasons). In a long final scene at the very end, despite how hard you watch it, you'll never quite learn any more about who did what to whom, even though it adds one more element to the confusion. This film will definitely cause you to think about what you've seen and even discuss it with anyone around. But you mustn’t hope for anything more than that from this fascinating exercise in mystery and tension.

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