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Funny Games (1997)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  11 March 1998 (USA)
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Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

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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>

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game | vacation | violence | kitchen | dog | See more »

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Brincadeiras Perigosas  »

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Paul says the line "We're not up to feature film length yet" at exactly the 95-minute mark of the movie. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
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Anna: Björling... Suliotis?
Georg: Almost. Björling is easy.
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Quintet for Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello
in A Major
2 movements largetto performed by Hagen Quartett
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet: Eduard Brunner
Published by Deutsche Grammophon 419600-3
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Pure non motivated sadistic actions claiming to be an anti-Hollywood-violence-movie
1 June 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Bad acting and directing aside, this is definitely not an intellectual movie but a senseless addition of sadistic action without motivation plus a second class cliché B-movie ending. Mr. Haneke, you call this an "Anti-Hollywood-Violence-Movie". What bad Hollywood movies are you referring to? At least "Hollywood" movies tend to have a story which you lack. The pure violence you show is of course consuming the shocked audience with the desire of some kind of redemption. That's nothing special at all. Neither is your lack of statement. You tried hard to be Punk, Mr.Haneke. Well, you're not! Calling this an "Anti-Hollywood-Violence-Movie" is just as smart as kicking someone in the balls and calling it an "Anti-Abortion-Action". Wannabe at it's best!


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