CACHE
HIDDEN

Director:
Michael Haneke

Screenplay:
Michael Haneke

Cast:
Georges: Daniel Auteuil
Anne: Juliette Binoche
Pierrot: Lester Makedonsky
Majid: Maurice Benichou

Awards:
Best Director, Cannes Film Festival (2005) Best Director, Best film, Best Actor (Daniel Auteuil)
European Film Awards (2005) Best Foreign Language Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (2005)

Running time: 117’
Production: France / Austria Germany / Italy, 2005
Rating: Restricted (strong violence)
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

Distributor:
New Yorker Films




“Tempting as it is to dismiss ‘Caché’ as a liberal guilt trip in the guise of a thriller, it is at the same time hard to deny its creepy, insinuating power. Nor is it possible to tune out its accusatory message. Civilization and barbarism are not antithetical, Mr. Haneke insists, but adjacent, perhaps even identical.”
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Georges, the television host of a literary magazine, and his wife Anne are living a perfect life of modern comfort and security. One day, their world is disrupted when they receive a videotape from an anonymous source. On it, they discover that their house had been filmed by a hidden camera. As more tapes arrive wrapped in drawings that are disturbingly violent and personal, the walls of security that Georges and Anne have felt around them begin to crumble. Georges launches his own investigation and secrets from his past are revealed. As a young child, Georges was confronted by his parents’ wishes to adopt Majid, the son of their Algerian farm workers who disappeared in Paris during the police brutality that followed the October 17, 1961 demonstration. Georges made up a lie about Majid who was put into foster care. As this memory resurfaces, Georges is faced with the fact that Majid’s life could have turned out differently if he had stayed with his family. He could have received an education but instead endured a life of poverty. A psychological thriller that masterfully brings the viewer into the story, Caché is as much a searing commentary on France’s bourgeoisie and its colonial heritage as it is about father-son relationships.

 
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