Two seemingly well-educated young men, who call each other Paul and Peter among other names, approach a family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbors, and, at the beginning, their true intentions are not known, but soon, the family is imprisoned and tortured in its own house violently, which the viewers are forced mostly to imagine and to share a certain complicity with the criminals. It might be some kind of game with the lives of husband, wife, son, and dog, but why are they doing it?
Luis Canau <luis.canau@mail.EUnet.pt>
Did You Know?
Michael Haneke had wanted to film the movie in the United States, complete with an American cast and crew for production, as the film was meant to be a commentary on the sensationalism and desensitization of violence in American media. Budget constraints forced him to keep production in Austria, though he was finally able to get his wish when he made the American remake Funny Games (2007) with Naomi Watts. See more
the clock which is seemed on the kitchen shelf when she was talking on the phone disappears after a couple of scenes and appears back when she tries to escape. See more
Almost. Björling is easy.
References The Hills Have Eyes
Composed by John Zorn
Performed by Naked City (Grand Guignol)
Published by Union Jasroc See more