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?
Director Michael Haneke
told producer 'Veit Heiduschka' during the production that if the film was a success, it would be because audiences had misunderstood the meaning behind it. See more
When Anna and Georg are driving in their car, a reflection of a microphone between the front seats can be seen on the window. See more
Almost. Björling is easy.
Referenced in 24 Realities per Second
Tu Qui Santuzza
from Cavalleria Rusticana
Music by Pietro Mascagni
Published by Historical Decca 425985-3 See more