Two seemingly well-educated young men, who call each other Paul and Peter among other names, approach a family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbors, and, at the beginning, their true intentions are not known, but soon, the family is imprisoned and tortured in its own house violently, which the viewers are forced mostly to imagine and to share a certain complicity with the criminals. It might be some kind of game with the lives of husband, wife, son, and dog, but why are they doing it? Written by
Luis Canau <luis.canau@mail.EUnet.pt>
Did You Know?
According to director Michael Haneke
, star Susanne Lothar
would often have to force herself to cry for nearly 20 minutes before her takes. He said the scene in which she is forced to pray required 28 takes and Lothar was tremendously drained by the ordeal. It was the weakened reaction that Haneke wanted from her for the scene. See more
When Anna and Georg are driving in their car, a reflection of a microphone between the front seats can be seen on the window. See more
Almost. Björling is easy.
Referenced in The Strangers
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G.F. Händel)
Sung by Beniamino Gigli
Published by EMI DA 1918 See more