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Juan Francisco Gatell
Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the heart of the infamous migrant jungle, with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne, his workaholic daughter who has taken over the family construction business. Divorced and frigid, Anne has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre's negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalisation of Thomas' ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning, leads his sulky 13-year-old daughter, Ève, to live with her father and his new wife, Anais. Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet, and as the fates of the Laurents enmesh with insistent and ignoble desires, a peculiar and disturbing alliance will form. But in the end, some secrets are bigger than others.Written by
This is a stark, unforgiving, and intermittently absorbing satire about an upper middle-class family. Filmed like a puzzle, it is often maddening for its slow pace, and then sharp in its meaning. Set in coastal Northern France it deals with themes such as family despair and dysfunction, self-destruction, inter-generational revenge and suppression of guilt. Michael Haneke has built a reputation for making films which confront his audience to make them feel uncomfortable and there is little let-up in this offering.
The interesting technological aspect to the story is that surveillance and video recording are devices for illustrating sordid desire and longing.
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