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Hidden (Caché) (2005)
"Caché" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 February 2006 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Maurice Bénichou ...
Georges's Mom
Bernard Le Coq ...
Georges's Editor-In-Chief
Walid Afkir ...
Majid's Son
Lester Makedonsky ...
Pierrot Laurent
Daniel Duval ...
Nathalie Richard ...
Denis Podalydès ...
Caroline Baehr ...
Christian Benedetti ...
Georges's Father
Philippe Besson ...
TV Guest
Loic Brabant ...
Police Officer No. 2 (as Loïc Brabant)


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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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caché (Hidden)  »

Box Office


€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$925,023 (France) (7 October 2005)


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

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This film was the official submission of Austria for the Academy Awards in the 'Best Foreign-Language Film' category, but was disqualified then because of a rule that does't exist anymore: "The Academy's rules pertaining to the foreign language Oscar have frequently been the subject of debate in recent years. Michael Haneke's Cache, the Austrian submission in 2005, was disqualified because it was not "predominantly shot in the official language of the submitting country," but rather in French. The controversy that ensued over that - as well as the virtually simultaneous disqualification of Italy's submission of the Arabic- and Hebrew-language film Private - prompted the foreign language committee to enact a rule change the following year that made any language acceptable in a foreign language submission - hence Canada's submission of a Hindi-language film in 2007 (Water) and Australia's of a German-language film in 2012 (Lore). Any language, that is, except English." [Variety 2015] See more »


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 »


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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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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