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Caché (Hidden) -- When a series of anonymously-produced videos reveal they're under surveillance, a TV talk show host and his wife find themselves embroiled in a mystery steeped in obsession, denial and guilt.

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Director:
Writer:
Michael Haneke (written by)
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Release Date:
17 February 2006 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
29 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Very Unsatisfying Ending After A Great Suspenseful Build Up! See more (347 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Daniel Auteuil ... Georges Laurent

Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent
Maurice Bénichou ... Majid

Annie Girardot ... 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

Aïssa Maïga ... Chantal
Caroline Baehr ... Nurse
Christian Benedetti ... Georges's Father
Philippe Besson ... TV Guest
Loic Brabant ... Police Officer No. 2 (as Loïc Brabant)
Jean-Jacques Brochier ... TV Guest
Paule Daré ... The Orphanage Attendant
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Bookstore Owner
Annette Faure ... Georges's Mother, Young
Hugo Flamigni ... Georges as a Child
Peter Stephan Jungk ... Writer

Dioucounda Koma ... Cyclist (as Diouc Koma)

Marie Kremer ... Jeannette
Nicky Marbot ... The Orphanage Driver
Malik Nait Djoudi ... Majid as a Child
Marie-Christine Orry ... Housekeeper
Mazarine Pingeot ... TV Guest
Julie Recoing ... Georges's Assistant
Karla Suarez ... Novelist
Laurent Suire ... Police Officer No. 1
Jean Teulé ... TV Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara Contini ... Herself (archive footage)
François Négret ... Man in elevator (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke  written by

Produced by
Michael André .... associate producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Andrew Colton .... executive producer
Valerio De Paolis .... co-producer
Veit Heiduschka .... producer
Michael Katz .... executive producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... executive producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Christian Berger 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Hudecek 
Nadine Muse 
 
Casting by
Colomba Falcucci 
Kris Portier de Bellair 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
Christoph Kanter 
 
Costume Design by
Lisy Christl 
 
Makeup Department
Laurent Bozzi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gregory Bruneau .... assistant unit manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Sébastien Delepine .... unit manager trainee
Brigitte Faure .... production manager
Emmanuelle Jacobson-Roques .... unit manager trainee
Grégory Valais .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Carine Demongueres .... assistant art director
Jérémy Duchier .... set dresser
Peter Ecker .... property master: Austria
Yannick Heuveline .... assistant decorator
Katrin Huber .... props: Austria
Christoph Kanter .... production designer: Austria
Thomas Pitre .... property master
Teresa Prothmann .... art department assistant
Arnaud Roth .... first assistant decorator
Hans Wagner .... set decorator: Austria
Wouter Zoon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Frank Ceven .... assistant foley artist (as Franck Ceven)
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound editor
Mathias Maydl .... sound re-recordist
Antoine Mercier .... daily boom operator
Jean-Paul Mugel .... production sound mixer
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Philippe Hubin .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Aubry .... lighting grip
Gabriele Buti .... assistant camera: HDTV camera
Xavier Embry .... best boy grip
Gerald Helf .... first assistant camera
Natascha Neulinger .... lighting technician
Marion Stalens .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Hammami .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Alarich Lenz .... assistant editor
Soazic Veillon .... assistant editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
 
Other crew
Richard Lormand .... publicist: international
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Tosé Riesser .... production assistant
Kristy Ryan .... promotions manager: Australia
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Caché" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for brief strong violence
Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Michael Haneke] [character name]Daniel Auteuil's character is named Georges Laurent.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scene we see the Laurent residence from a stationary camera. Three roses are visible in a window box on the left. In the same setting late in the film after much passage of time, the roses are unchanged and in the same positions.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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Movie Connections:
References Ma mère (2004)See more »

FAQ

Who sent the videos?
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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Very Unsatisfying Ending After A Great Suspenseful Build Up!, 26 March 2006
Author: Michael McGonigle (mmcgonigle@philamuseum.org) from Philadelphia, PA.

Although I enjoyed the film while I was watching it, if you think about it for more than a moment, it will all crumble. The opening is intriguing. We start with a sustained long shot of a building in Paris; the films lead credits appear over this. We soon come to realize we are actually watching a videotape of the home of Georges (Daniel Auteuil) a TV personality with a book chat show on French Television and his wife Anne (Juliette Binoche) and their 12-year-old son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky).

Now, who sent this tape to Georges, and why, is not known at this point. But the suspense soon ratchets up a bit further as other tapes arrive, sometimes wrapped in child like drawings of a stick figure head spitting up blood. Neither Georges nor Anne has any idea who is doing this yet. It is only when Georges receives a tape showing a car driving up a road toward his childhood home that he begins to suspect who might be sending him these tapes.

This is where Cache begins to fall apart. The culprit of this video prank seems to be Majid (Maurice Benichou), a man of Algerian descent who was the son of people who once worked for Georges family when he was a boy. When Majid's parents are seemingly killed by French police during some riots about the French Occupation of Algeria, Majid was adopted by Georges mother and father and this made Georges jealous. So with childish spite, the six year old Georges made up a story about Majid that got him sent away from the home.

Now this is as best as I can come up with for an explanation for the videotapes. It seems that Majid's son (Walid Afkir) is the man making the tapes, but why he is doing this is very obscure. Why does Majid slit his own throat in Georges presence and why doesn't Georges say something to the police about this? A line of throwaway dialog later indicates that Georges did go to the police about this suicide, but we never see it happen. Also, why now, some 35 or 40 years later is Majid attempting revenge?

Are we supposed to infer something greater about this story? Is this some kind of allegory to the French debacle in Algeria? Would this film make more sense to me if I were more aware of the French colonial history in Algeria? What am I to make of the finale with Georges taking two sleeping pills and then going to bed? What does Majid's son say to Georges son Pierre in the final shot of the movie or is this just another videotape?

On the whole Cache moved along well and was frightening at times, but there is no dénouement or satisfying conclusion to the questions raised. I don't except this plot confusion as intentional like Syriana, nor does it seem like the world weariness experienced at the end of Chinatown with the line; "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown", where the implication is that some things are completely unknowable.

Majid and his son constantly deny that they are making the videotapes, but they seem to know about them and how is it possible for a tape to have been made inside Majid's apartment of a conversation between Majid and Georges without Majid knowing about it? It's possible that Georges did not see the hidden camera, but Majid had to know. Also, since Georges came to the run down apartment complex on a whim, how did Majid know to have a camera ready?

I'm not wishing I had a complete explanation for everything, but you shouldn't tease us with a story that seems to lead to a shattering conclusion and then simply end it without any kind of resolution. Am I supposed to infer from the final shot that the harassment of Georges and his family will continue? I can deal with ambiguity if it is intended, but in this case I just think the filmmakers ran out of ideas. Simply stopping the film is not the same thing as ending the film.

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Who do you think send the tapes? rustynail925
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What a lousy movie ! loyolite
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