Indie Gems: Caché

You are being watched.

A local TV host Georges, (Daniel Auteuil) gets video tapes left at his doorstep wrapped in bizarre children's drawings. The tapes are merely surveillance of his house. His family, wife Anne (Juliette Binoche) and young son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky) going about their daily business. At first, Georges is open with Anne regarding this, but when he starts to have a hunch on who's sending them, he starts keeping secrets.

When Josh over at The Cinematic Spectacle named this his Best Picture winner in his CinSpec awards, I knew I had to see this. We'll ignore the fact that he made that post in January..my Netflix queue is full, okay?! Needless to say, it lived up to his praise. 

Michael Haneke is a director that practically forces you to watch his films. Not a bad force, but he needs your full attention because you're going to have to look for small details that are not as insignificant as they first seem. I loved the mystery here. Caché is expertly shot and the two leads give great performances. It rarely has a dull moment.

Grade: A

Memorable Quote. "...you want a transcription of the conversation?" - Anne (Juliette Binoche)

15 comments:

  1. HELLZ YES!

    This is my Fisti BP winner of 05 too!!!

    Great film...my favorite Haneke even, and I love Haneke.

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    1. It's insulting this didn't even get a Foreign film Oscar nod. wtf?

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    2. I remember that Oscar race well, actually. It was assumed the Oscar frontrunner in that category, but it was deemed ineligible because of the release date overseas...much like Blue is the Warmest Color last year (France refused to bump up the release date in order to meet Oscar's eligibility requirements) and so it was left off.

      It's a shame, since Haneke would have gotten his Oscar for a film he deserved to win for. I mean, I liked Amour, but this was leagues better!

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    3. I hate it when things like that happen. France made a huge mistake not bumping up Blue last year. I never got around to seeing Amour, because that just looks a little too depressing. I feel a little better finding out Cache was ineligible instead of the Academy voters just being morons.

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  2. Definitely one of my favorite films of 2005. Truly an absolute stunner.

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    1. It really is. Easily my favorite Hanke too. (Not that I've seen a ton of his features, but I can't imagine something topping this)

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  3. I loved this movie! It is compelling on various levels, making it impossible to look away.

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  4. Maybe I'll dig up my old review of this movie and post it on the new blog. After all, it is a mystery. :-)

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  5. Great film! So enigmatic and that ending sequence is haunting. I wish Binoche made movies like these nowadays not freaking Godzilla

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    1. lol, I agree with that statement, even though I liked Godzilla

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  6. SO glad you loved this one! Like Drew, it's my favorite Haneke film.

    Thanks for the link!

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    1. Oh any time, thank you for turning me onto this film!

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  7. I recently saw this. Still not sure if I liked this, but definitely an interesting film and surprisingly the ending left me intrigued and not frustrated.

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    1. Aww, sorry you didn't like it more. I thought it was great. Intriguing all around.

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