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Caché (2005)

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Coming Out at 5 October 2005 in theaters

“Hidden”

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Caché is psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke and starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. The plot follows an upper-middle-class French couple, Georges (Auteuil) and Anne (Binoche), who are terrorised by anonymous tapes that appear on their front porch and seem to show the family is under surveillance. Clues in the videos point to Georges’s childhood memories, and his resistance to his parents’ adopting an Algerian orphan named Majid, who was sent away. The tapes lead him to the now-grown Majid (Maurice Bénichou).

Shot in Paris and Vienna in 2004, the film is an international co-production of France, Austria, Germany and Italy. Haneke wrote the screenplay with Auteuil and Binoche in mind, and with a concept of exploring guilt and childhood. When he learned of the French government’s decades-long denial of the 1961 Seine River massacre, he incorporated memories of the event into his story.

An affluent Parisian couple, Anne and Georges Laurent, discover a videotape left on their property without explanation that shows hours of footage of their residence, implying they are under surveillance. Puzzled about its origin, they debate its purpose, considering whether it might be a practical joke played by friends of their 12-year-old son, Pierrot, or the work of fans of Georges, who hosts a literary television show. A second tape arrives, accompanied by a childlike drawing of a person with blood streaming out of his mouth. Similar drawings are mailed to Georges’s workplace and Pierrot’s school. Disturbed, the Laurents turn to the French police, who determine the tapes are too harmless to be considered criminal activity. The Laurents host a dinner party that is interrupted by the delivery of another videotape, with a crude drawing of a chicken bleeding at its neck. When Anne discloses the stalking to their friends, Georges puts the tape in the VCR, and finds it shows the estate where he grew up.

Director: Michael Haneke

Writer: Michael Haneke

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

Cast:

Daniel AuteuilGeorges Laurent
Juliette BinocheAnne Laurent
Maurice BénichouMajid
Annie GirardotGeorges’s Mom
Bernard Le CoqGeorges’s Editor-In-Chief
Walid AfkirMajid’s Son
Lester MakedonskyPierrot Laurent
Daniel DuvalPierre
Nathalie RichardMathilde
Denis PodalydèsYvon
Aïssa MaïgaChantal
Caroline BaehrNurse
Christian BenedettiGeorges’s Father
Philippe BessonTV Guest
Loic BrabantPolice Officer No. 2
Jean-Jacques BrochierTV Guest
Paule DaréThe Orphanage Attendant
Louis-Do de LencquesaingBookstore Owner
Annette FaureGeorges’s Mother, Young
Hugo FlamigniGeorges as a Child
Peter Stephan JungkWriter
Diouc KomaCyclist
Marie KremerJeannette
Nicky MarbotThe Orphanage Driver
Malik Nait DjoudiMajid as a Child
Marie-Christine OrryHousekeeper
Mazarine PingeotTV Guest
Julie RecoingGeorges’s Assistant
Karla SuarezNovelist
Laurent SuirePolice Officer No. 1
Jean TeuléTV Guest
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi(archive footage)
Barbara Contini (archive footage)
François NégretMan in elevator

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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