DVD - 2006 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A talk show host and his wife are living an ideal life until videotapes of them show up on their front porch. As the tapes get more and more personal, they start investigating who is behind it. Will they find more than they bargained for?

Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2006]
ISBN: 1424803373
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Hidden


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Jul 30, 2014
  • noir125 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is no easy tale. Though it looks easy in the beginning the film becomes more disturbing than viewer expects; director Michael Haneke explains why in a brilliant interview; he also points out that many cinema lovers prefer resolved endings not unresolved ones, but then, some people prefer modern art and others traditional. The movie was so cool on the surface but turned out to be agonizing, with out offending anyone,

Jun 14, 2014

A great movie. I remember when I first saw this and I was amazed by it. This is a mystery from France.

Jan 05, 2014
  • klemens82 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Captivating story about a small family being sent anonymos video tapes and messages, as well as how to deal with life's obstacles, and about (SPOILER alert:) things that happend when one was a small child that have come back to affect adult life. First I did not want to see it as I feared it would be very similar to Haneke's "The piano teacher" but it turned out to be very different. The interview the director about the film (also on the DVD) is short and so worth watching.

Dec 02, 2013
  • eusebius rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I truly believe Michael Haneke hates human beings, he certainly shows them in the worst possible light without any compassion. Watching one of his films is a dreary experience.

Jan 24, 2013

Nicely filmed movie. Plot was a bit obscure, but you get the picture, vaguely about 10 min. in. Acting was very good. One scene was a shocker - not for kids or the faint at heart.

Jul 31, 2012
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not a very moving picture.

May 01, 2012
  • tauseef365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I first saw this film, I thought that it was one of the most overrated films I had ever seen, an art film that was over my head, and a waste of my time. When I read a review that shed more light on the director's work and vision, and when I researched more into the story of Algeria in the 50's and 60's, and having seen 'Intimate Enemies', a superb film, I developed an immense appreciation for this film, for the layers of meaning, the breadth of perspectives, the stark challenge to the viewer, and ultimately, the sense that the film ends, as it begins, as something shot as much with a mirror as with a lens.

Aug 16, 2011
  • emprunteur581 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Lousy, confusing movie. I was disappointed. I like Daniel Auteuil though.

Aug 02, 2010
  • stuvw27 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

With so many critics rushing to say how brilliant and brainy this film is I had expected something I could get my teeth into. Well, in one way I suppose I got just that because this picture is like eating taffy: lots of chewing, little nutrition. Other than the appearance of an upper middle class life-style, there is little information given about the character of Georges and Anne Laurent and their relationship. Nothing is given that would plausibly drive the intended story. They were so flat that I suspect we are to read them as symbols of that stratum of French society. Even so, the so-called guilt of Georges seems to me to be more of a plot convenience than real human feelings. And, yes, I see what’s going in the final shot but, while that tells me whodunit this ain’t exactly Hercule Poirot, and I have long since given up caring about this couple as people or, if you prefer, as symbols on the ridiculous path of this moralistic fable. Suffice to say Haneke is not Hitchcock.

Oct 20, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Fair - Caché (2005) 117 min. This film is a character study of how a couple, Geroges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche), a couple living in Paris, react to receiving surveillance videos of their private lives. Paranoia and mistrust become the norm for which the couple must endure. Though the story is interesting, the execution is a little on the dull side and much too long to have a lasting impact. Chock this one up as a good idea that’s been wasted despite a great performance, as always, by Juliette Binoche. Warning - there's an explicity violent scene in this one.


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