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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Written by
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(at around 1h 45 mins) There is a rear shot of Paul standing outside Betsy's cottage door, arms folded behind him. As Paul calls out to Betsy, he unclasps his hands and brings them forward. Then from the frontal view of Paul through Betsy's screen door, his arms are folded behind him, his hands out of sight. See more »
You have to admit, Ann... I'm being very generous here. You can prove to your pussy husband how much you love him.
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CARE SELVE, OMBRE BEATE
Written by George Frideric Handel (as G. F. Händel)
Performed by Beniamino Gigli
(P: 1950 EMI Records Ltd
digital remastering (P: 1999 EMI Records
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Michael Haneke directs this shot for shot remake of his 1997 film and the most the film can muster is a giant shrug of the shoulders and perhaps the word 'why?' This cynical middle finger to audiences is too derivative and obvious to have any substantial social commentary and too smug and annoying to work as exploitative trash. It's the kind of film that just plays for itself, content with how clever it's trying to be and Funny Games and Haneke both come across condescending and all the worse for it. It doesn't hold a mirror up to society, it's just a failed exercise from a director who should have known better - twice. The small cast does a very good job with this material and while they are all committed to this junk, it is wasted on a film unworthy of their efforts. Don't waste your time, Funny Games is just a lot of hot air.