Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into ... See full summary »
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.
Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties? Written by
Well well, just as I was about to put Michael Haneke somewhere between my favorite directors, he makes this film, a shallow, mindless, endless, pretentious, hollow and utterly boring piece of crap. If this is the nouveau style of French film-making, give me yet another blockbuster instead. It simply can't be worse than this. And it really hurts to see that the rating here is 8.2 (19 votes), when I started to write this, and that this film won a couple of awards in Cannes. Not that Cannes can be taken seriously anymore, but still...
The film is about a piano teacher (don't confuse this film with THE PIANO However!), who doesn't want any of her students to surpass her, who gets involved with a brilliant new student in a perverse sexual relationship, and who is dominated by her "insane" mother (who, in the end, doesn't seem so insane anymore, after all that we saw before). Read the previous line again, save yourself the money, and send it to me instead if you really want to throw it away. Haneke's FUNNY GAMES was a masterpiece, in my opinion, one of the best films of the 90's. This films is one of the worst. They're both about sick minds, but whereas FUNNY GAMES was shocking and definitely had substance, this film is just boring and shallow. It's about sex, sexual perversion, people who aren't able to express their feelings, ... did I say that it was about sick people? Anyway, unlike BAISE-MOI, ROMANCE and INTIMACY, there is almost no nudity or pornography shown in this film. Just a video that the teacher is watching. Apparently, Haneke didn't have the guts to go all the way. Instead, he bores us to death with long close-ups and sick thoughts, and again, and again... Even the beautiful classical music used plentiful in this film, doesn't seem so beautiful after all here. A real accomplishment!
Wanna see a film about sick minds? Rent FUNNY GAMES. A film where sex and nudity are being used to enhance the story? Watch INTIMACY. But please, don't watch this, you'll be very sorry. Very... 2/10
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