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Caché (Hidden) (2005)
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A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maurice Bénichou ...
Majid
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Georges's Mom
Bernard Le Coq ...
Georges's Editor-In-Chief
Walid Afkir ...
Majid's Son
Lester Makedonsky ...
Pierrot Laurent
Daniel Duval ...
Pierre
Nathalie Richard ...
Mathilde
Denis Podalydès ...
Yvon
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Chantal
Caroline Baehr ...
Nurse
Christian Benedetti ...
Georges's Father
Philippe Besson ...
TV Guest
Loic Brabant ...
Police Officer No. 2 (as Loïc Brabant)
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Storyline

Georges, who hosts a TV literary review, receives packages containing videos of himself with his family--shot secretly from the street--and alarming drawings whose meaning is obscure. He has no idea who may be sending them. Gradually, the footage on the tapes becomes more personal, suggesting that the sender has known Georges for some time. Georges feels a sense of menace hanging over him and his family but, as no direct threat has been made, the police refuse to help.... Written by Simon John

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Rated R for brief strong violence | See all certifications »

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5 October 2005 (France)  »

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Caché (Hidden)  »

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Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,800 (Chile) (8 September 2006)

Gross:

$36,151 (Chile) (15 September 2006)
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Trivia

There is no music save for the theme on George's show. See more »

Goofs

During the tape where Georges pulls up in his car and parks at night the headlights clearly cast a huge distinct shadow of the camera on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Georges Laurent: Isn't it lonely, if you can't go out?
Georges's Mom: Why? Are you less lonely because you can sit in the garden? Do you feel less lonely in the metro than at home? Well then! Anyway, I have my family friend... with remote control. Whenever they annoy me, I just shut them up.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear over a shot of the husband and wife's house, but they appear one by one and in rows. By the time the credits are over they are all shown together, much like they would on a poster or in the credits section of a movie trailer. See more »

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Disturbing, Stunning, Daring and Dark
16 May 2005 | by (Here and There) – See all my reviews

Michael Haneke the austere Austrian director of such critically acclaimed films as "Funny Games", "Code Unknown" and "The Piano Teacher" has created in "Caché" (Hidden) his finest film to date.

Starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche the film is a taut and tense personal thriller, which examines important subjects such as guilt and responsibility in the context of western comfort.

Georges and Anne are a happily married middle class couple who both work in the arts. The balance of their lives is suddenly disturbed when they begin to receive video cassettes seemingly surveying the exterior of their home. Anne is quite dismissive of the tape but immediately Georges believes there is a sinister element to the tape. Soon they receive more tapes and disturbing drawings. As Georges fears for the safety of his family he suddenly has to confront his past and allow his wife to learn the hidden secrets of his past.

Haneke's film plays on one level like a common thriller, but it has much deeper psychological echoes as the "hero" George is revealed not to be quite the upstanding family man his family believed him to be. As his wife struggles to come to terms with the revelations their entire comfortable existence disintegrates.

Haneke is not just interested in creating a thriller however and the auteur expertly dissects George and Annes bourgeois life and implicates them both in the treatment by western culture of the east and the third world.

Acting in the film is terrific. Daniel Auteuil is simply excellent in his role, the actor manages to explore his character enough to make us forget it is a portrayal. Juliette Binoche as his wife initially seems not to be at the center of the film, but the stunning actress manages to place herself at the emotional center of the film as the wife and mother.

Expert supporting roles are provided by Maurice Benichiou, Annie Girardot and Nathalie Richard among others.

"Caché" is at once an intriguing thriller and a wonderful examination of guilt and responsibility in a very modern context.


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