Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Caché (Hidden)

Dir: Michael Haneke-haneke-haneke and McCaully (obscure Marx bros' reference)
Starring: Daniel Twill, Juliette Brioche

"A Great Movie"... trite but true.
There's a lot of pointless pontificating about the meanings and solutions to this film (I'm looking at you Roger Ebert, if that is your real name... which it is). Forget all that. As director Haneke says, it's open to interpretation, like a work of art... Escher said the same thing to a lady who told him how one of his pieces represented a mathematical equation. "Madame", he replied, "if you see it that way, so be it."

One interpretation (mine) is that this is about France and Algeria. There are references throughout the film to the troubled history of Algerian immigrants in France (most notably the hushed up drowning of 200 immigrants in the Seine in the 60s). The hidden camera footage serves as a metaphor for a guilty conscience, or possibly the eyes of the world on France... saying, you can't just get away with it. The suicide of the father represents the life of relative slavery that 2nd generation Algerians had to live. The end shot of the befriended Algerian Walid and the French Pierrot signifying that the third generation can get on with it (this theory is helped along by the presence of a Zizu poster on Pierrot's wall).

Forget all that. Go watch Cache and see what a good film looks like, all you brain-dead spoon-fed blockbuster-watchers.

Rating: Magnifique! Super-Duper!

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