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 »
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
The production crew used the blueprints from the 1997 original. The set of the house in the 2007 American remake has the same proportions as that of the 1997 set. See more »
(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 »
Ann sent me over 'cause some guests dropped by, and she was wondering if you could help her out with some eggs.
Well I guess so.
Yeah, come on in. Just wait a second.
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QUINTETT FOR CLARINETT VIOLINS, VIOLA & VIOLONCELLO
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Performed by Hagen Quartett
Clarinett Eduard Brunner
(P: 1988 Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Classics
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I ended up watching this by accident and halfway through I realised how terrible it was and skipped ahead to the end.
Funny Games is an anti-movie. It's deliberately annoying instead of entertaining, disturbing instead of amusing, boring instead of interesting. Needless to say most movies aren't made like this and I initially found that attitude curious and intriguing. However at the end of the day you're still left with a boring film.
There are no likable characters and the tormented family, especially the Tim Roth character, are implausibly wimpy. It's not believable that they would act so passively but maybe it's not meant to be believable. Tim Roth and Naomi Watts look uncomfortable as if they regret acting in this degrading movie, and the director squanders the talents of the entire cast, presumably on purpose. The interesting shots are left out and interminable bland scenes take their place, ie when Roth is trying to get the phone to work.
Tedious. Would have made a tolerable short film, ie five or ten minutes. There's something literary about it too, maybe it would have made a good short story. I didn't know that it was a remake of another identical film of Haneke's but it seems incredible that high profile actors would want to be in this knowing exactly how they were going to be treated.
I really didn't like this film.
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