Caché (2005)

I’ve been on a French film binge lately and last night I went to see Caché (2005), directed and written by Michael Haneke. Wow! You can call it a thriller but it’s really an esoteric art film. Some might call it a confusing waste of time.

I enjoyed the film because it doesn’t have a strong resolution. It stays with you long after the end credits roll and forces you to really think about what you saw and draw your own conclusions.

The film starts off with a family in Paris townhouse. They receive a series of videotapes that shows them under surveillance. Child-like drawings accompany some of the tapes which convey some sort of hidden meaning. Why is the family being terrorized with these tapes? Who is sending them? What is the point of it all?

It’s easier to dismiss the film as a jumbled mess of unanswered questions. As an audience we’re used to having everything neatly packaged and explained to us by the time the credits roll. I think everything is neatly packaged and crafted by Haneke. It just isn’t watered down and explicit in it’s narrative.

The more I thought about this film, the more I understood. At first, several scenes in the film seem to be insignificant. Question why these scenes are there in the first place and you get a sense of their purpose and what they reveal about certain characters.

There is one scene that made the entire audience gasp and physically recoil in horror. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say this. I can’t think of another film that comes close to shocking an audience like this.

If you’ve seen the film and are curious as to what may have happened then I suggest you head over to notcoming.com and read an excellent essay written by Chiranjit Goswami.

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