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Cache (Hidden)
Cache (Hidden)
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 13 reviews)
Sales Rank: 48
Category: DVD

Director: Michael Haneke
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Studio: Sony Pictures
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures
Label: Sony Pictures
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: French (Original Language), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), English (Dubbed)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 118 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 043396138759
EAN: 0043396138759
ASIN: B00000F7E6

Release Date: June 27, 2006  (New: This Week)
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2004
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Editorial Reviews:
Hidden throughout Cache is the sense that you should be watching every moment in this film closely, just as the protagonists are themselves being watched by someone unknown. Georges and Anne Laurents (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche) enviable lives are terrorized by the sudden arrival on their doorstep of a videotaped recording of their Parisian townhouse. Its nothing but a long, unedited shot of the facade of their house, but its disturbing nonetheless. Soon another arrives, this time of the farmhouse Georges grew up in, and then another of a car driving down a suburban street, and a walk down a hallway to a low-rent apartment. Again the videos are benign but unsettling. Then the mystery becomes more threatening when they receive gruesome postcards depicting child-like drawings of bloody, dead stick figures. Georges believes he knows who the culprit is, but for reasons all his own refuses to let his wife in on the secret. Clearly more is hidden here than just the identity of their stalker. In Cache, writer and director Michael Haneke skillfully, methodically pulls back multiple layers of deception, like new skin being pulled off an old wound. he masterfully fuses elements of his predecessors to create a film that is haunting and memorable. There is Bergman's fascination with the complexity of relationships, the suspense and lurking danger of Hitchcock, and the unique cinematic sensibility of Antonioni. In fact, the provocative final shot is practically a tribute to The Passenger--a lot of people will want to rewatch it many times to see what they can find in it (if, after watching it, you are still unsatisfied with the resolution, then watch the interview with Haneke in the DVD's special features for his insights). It's a film of great effect and intrigue. There are no easy resolutions, and the answers given in this mystery will only lead to more questions. --Daniel Vancini

Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche (1997, Best Supporting Actress, The English Patient) stars in CACHE, a psychological thriller about a TV talk show host and his wife who are terrorized by surveillance videos of their private life. Delivered by an anonymous stalker, the tapes reveal secret after secret until obsession, denial and deceit take hold of the couple and hurl them to the point of no return. CACHE is director Michael Haneke's dark vision of a relationship torn mercilessly apart by the camera's unblinking eye.

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5 out of 5 stars Eerie and stunning: Cache works on many levels   June 28, 2006
  1 out of 1 found this review helpful

The latest film by Michael Haneke is also, I believe, his most assured and accomplished work yet. All of his other films are powerful and distinctive in their own right, but draw much of their power from a "hook" (almost a gimmick) (possibly with the exception of "Code Unknown") and what grabs is that Haneke is willing to push the shocking angle further than most. In Cache, you might say that while the "gimmick" (that the main characters are under surveillance) pervades the film, it is underplayed in order to highlight the more subtle political, psychological and social elements of the story.

Cache works on several levels. One of the effects of the "surveillance" theme -- and Haneke's brilliant choice to integrates scenes of surveillance seamlessly into the "regular" footage -- was to compel me to pay more attention to the screen than I think I have for any film in a long time. As a meditation on filmmaking and its voyeuristic elements, Cache rivals even Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (of course here the main characters are being watched rather than doing the watching). Cache also matches many of Hitchcock's best films for its raw suspense, and its compelling narrative (of course, the film probably cannot rival Hitchcock's ability to be both profound and popular -- this film will never be as widely loved as Hitchcock's films, even if it is critically admired). Beyond that, the film raises in powerful ways questions relevant to the current world situation, and at the same time shows such questions to be not only timely but universal and prevalent. What is terrorism? Who is the aggressor? What does it mean to be an agressor? What is guilt? Who is guilty? If my actions have unintended consequences, am I guilty? If I refuse to face up to those consequences, am I guilty? Are we responsible for the choices of our parents or of ourselves as children? Are we responsible for aggressive actions of our governments? The film aims to reveal the extent to which we hide from ourselves the possibility of our own culpability in actions we did not choose but did not refuse either. The film also raises, subtly but unmistakably, questions about the continued existence of racism, about the possibility of forgiveness, about the nature of trust, about the function of marriage and the nature of the family. A really brilliant film that I would recommend highly to anyone who likes to be provoked into thinking by the cinema.

In addition to the movie, the dvd contains an excellent and revealing interview with the director and a very interesting and well made documentary about the making of Cache.

5 out of 5 stars Very Creepy   June 27, 2006
  2 out of 3 found this review helpful

"Cache" a French film by writer/director Michael Haneke became one of the most acclaimed suspense thrillers of 2005. Watching it for myself, it's easy to see why. The movie opens with an ominous shot of a house and steadily holds this shot for the credits, after which we realize we're watching the house through the viewpoint of a camera. Or we're watching the TV from the viewpoint of our two main characters. The characters are Georges and Anne
(Daniel Auteuil & Juliette Binoche), who have just recieved this video tape of their house. Oddly enough, Georges walks right by the camera man in the tape. The two talk about how that could've happened and then drop it. We're then given some more of the story about them; Happily married, with a son. Georges is a TV show host. Everything's nice, but then they recieve another video tape. Another long ominous shot of the house, this time wrapped in a piece of a paper with a childlike drawing on. It appears to be a person with a red stain across their neck. Anyway, I don't want to say much more about the synopsis other than this...After a little more than half an hour, it appears that the mystery has been solved. Most writers would lost track of a film if they revealed something like that to early. But Haneke keeps the suspense coming. Anyway, this film has been compared to Hitchcock films and there's a definite resemblance. Instead of using violence and gore to shock us, Haneke uses ominous camera shots and builds an atmosphere that is truly creepy. He has made a film that almost makes us become the characters we're watching; When they're shocked, we're shocked. This movie should've garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, because it is the best foreign film I've seen from 2005. I have one complaint about the film, but it's a small complaint that doesn't cause me to give it a better or worse grade. This is something I've heard from a few viewers, but...The end is confusing. It throws you off and still leaves you wondering, but it is a lot better than these cliffhanger endings you get saddled with when watching most newer horror films. Anyway, if you're looking for a horror film filled with blood, gore, violence, and yound media crazed girls running around naked (Paris Hilton, etc.) this isn't your kind of movie. If you're looking for a creepily intense, ominous, and smart/original thriller...You might want to check this movie out.


5 out of 5 stars LAYERED   June 24, 2006
  1 out of 4 found this review helpful

great film... its pace is not like a Hollywood film

it's very interesting

much watch this eerie, smart film

4 out of 5 stars Blood-Chilling . . . Ambiguity?!   June 15, 2006
  5 out of 7 found this review helpful

This is a story that simply will not be hurried. It starts with the longest opening shot in the history of film (maybe!), a view of a family's modestly sized urban home. As the plot develops, Daniel Auteil and Juliette Binochet get pulled into a strange and increasingly tense situation as anonymous "stalker" videotapes arrive on their doorstep.

There are mysteries aplenty, and having watched my share of French "thrillers," I knew better than to hope for a neatly resolved plot. (The last one of those French cinema produced may have been DIABOLIQUE.) So while this movie does have its moment of genuine shock, and it does eventually provide some answers, but they serve primarily to catalyze further interpretation on the viewer's part to make sense of the film.

Which is, of course, the point. So, be prepared for a "masterpiece of unsettlement." (Not suspense, mind you. How bourgeois! Unsettlement is much more hip and existential.) I know it sounds like I'm mocking the film, but in fact, I followed it closely and I appreciated its peculiar style.

FINAL POINT: Without giving away any spoilers, it's important that the viewer have some knowledge of France's colonial history with Algeria to plumb what I think is the allegorical point of CACHE.

4 out of 5 stars A puzzling, provocative tale   June 12, 2006
  1 out of 5 found this review helpful

As a nineteen year-old undergrad, I have no qualms about saying that I've never been subject to a film quite like Cache. Haneke creates a unique pace here that, while slow, is never dull. There is always an uneasiness, a sense of malice lurking in the shadows, so that we as the audience are always unsure of exactly what is happening or what is about to happen.
As it unfolds, the film takes dark turns, and there are two distinct points in the film where I found myself gasping for breath. There is an air about the picture, a certain malevolence buried inside the celluloid itself, so that even as the story ends and the audience departs, you are slightly more disturbed than you feel you have any right to be.
I've yet to put a final verdict on the film, it requires a second viewing. Needless to say, it's definetely something unique in cinema, and for that reason alone it gets my recommendation.

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