Cache (AKA Hidden) (2005)

Writer/Director: Michael Haneke

Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir, Lester Makedonsky

The comfortable lives of Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche), an upper-class French couple, are disrupted by the appearance of mysterious videotapes which show that their home is under surveillance.


This becomes the trigger for Georges's guilty flashbacks concerning a boy who lived with his family when he was growing up, with tremendous consequences for his married life.


Director/screenwriter Michael Haneke's film frustrates many viewers with its inconclusive narrative.


Warning!! Disturbing material here!

I was fascinated by the theme of guilt: how it can bubble just under the surface of our lives, its destructive power, and the influence it can have on others, including the next generation.


I have come up with an explanation for events that satisfies me, and other viewers are invited to put together their own interpretations.


It is a tribute to the richness of the film that it can support varying analyses.


Warning!! Disturbing material here!

However, a film needs more than interesting themes to be a complete success; even when I was most disoriented by the narrative, I was riveted by the mystery at the heart of "Cache."


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