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
While launching the sailboat, the son is seen (from a distance) wearing a swimsuit. Next, at the dock -and still in the boat- he is fully clothed. See more
Almost. Björling is easy.
Referenced in Viande d'origine française
Quintet for Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello
in A Major
2 movements largetto performed by Hagen Quartett
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet: Eduard Brunner
Published by Deutsche Grammophon 419600-3 See more