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Cache (Hidden) (2005)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 116 | Rotten: 15

A creepy French psychological thriller that commands the audience's attention throughout.


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 2

A creepy French psychological thriller that commands the audience's attention throughout.



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Paranoia grips a bourgeois European family when a series of menacing videotapes begin turning up on their doorstep in Piano Teacher director Michael Haneke's dark drama. From the outside, Georges (Daniel Auteuil), Anne (Juliette Binoche), and son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky) are the typical middle-class European family, but when a series of mysterious videotapes accompanied by morbid drawings reveal that someone has been monitoring their house, Georges begins to suspect that his past has come

Jun 27, 2006


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This French film (in bad, washed-out English subtitles) is a quiet chiller. A family's social fabric unravels right before our eyes.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Caché encourages us to look -- and then to look harder.

February 17, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Contrarian that he is, Haneke does a much finer job forcing questions than providing an answer.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Hidden is essential viewing for those who like their thrillers with depth, intelligence, and inimitable style.

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Coming from a guy who sliced private parts onscreen long before Lars von Trier, "Cache" is restrained. But Michael Haneke skillfully, slowly twists the knife on those who would so carelessly forget a decision that forever altered the life of someone else.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

Many things are hidden in the layers of this brilliantly clever mystery from Michael Haneke: the truth, the point of view from which the story is told, the political references and, most intriguingly, the ending. Which is not to say you can't find them. B

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Another step towards replacing facile jolts with compassionate scrutiny

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Michael Haneke est visiblement un cinéaste qui adore mettre son public à rude épreuve.

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

Michael Haneke's aptly named Caché (Hidden) is the kind of movie that fully engages the mind of the viewer. It's a multi-layered, open-ended thriller, an onion sliced by taut piano wire.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Haneke doesn't just communicate anything to be left up to the viewer; he stacks up many ideas for the viewer to pick through.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Here, no image and no act of viewing seems entirely innocent.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Haneke's most accessible film, wraps the viewer up in its cinematic universe and makes him feel the menace breathing dows his neck

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Like the very best of Hitchcock, marries both high- and low-brows in the compulsively watchable format of the thriller.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Un drama intimista e inquietante que esconde una reflexión perturbadora sobre un vergonzoso capítulo de la historia francesa. Brillante dirección y actores.

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Although its opening promises a mystery, the question at the core of 'Cache' is not who is responsible for sending the packages; instead, the film asks whether the real danger is outside the Laurents' home or inside it.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Haneke has made a fine study of guilt and betrayal, and tries to convey what is hidden. Perhaps what is best hidden in the film is the claim that lies are conveyed at 24 frames a second.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

Chillingly reminds us that in life, love, family and politics, we never know the full story. And someone is always watching.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

The most unsettling part about Michael Haneke's taut, psychological thriller Hidden, is the ever-constantly changing points of view. We are never sure through whose eyes we are watching the events.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If I have to sit through French small talk in a slow-paced film for two hours, I expect a substantial payoff.

April 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

However valid these themes may be, these are not issues that keep me awake at night. They do not squat on my brain like some fantasticated octopus of guilt.

April 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a head-scratcher, and a particularly fine one at that.

April 17, 2006
Fresno Bee

Challenges the audience to get involved in the story

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Thrillers often betray their audiences in order to entertain them. In "Cache," it's the footage itself that betrays us.

April 13, 2006 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Cache (Hidden)

Unresolved narratives are deal-breakers for many film viewers, and if you are one of them, this film will likely anger you greatly. For those willing to take on some heavy ambiguity, Haneke crafts a self-reflexive story about the relationship between film and memory, both good and bad.
October 11, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

A very well-acted, mysterious psychological thriller in which a family is terrorized by an anonymous stalker, who leaves violent drawings and video tapes consisting of following his victims around, at their doorstep. Director Michael Haneke inserts many of his calling cards here, such as prolonged scenes, a tense atmosphere, sudden acts of violence, and ultimately, an anti-ending. This formula works wonders yet again, as the viewer is never completely sure who to believe, as Haneke begins to slowly flip the script on his lead character (Daniel Auteuil) from likable to a figure who might indeed be hiding his guilt under his pride. The slow burn exercise he puts his viewers through ends on a cliffhanger, but one that is meant to encourage discussion instead of answer questions. Some will view it as boring and unrewarding, while, in my case, viewing this a second time, I was left in awe of how many questions Haneke was able to raise as a result. As far as performances go, Auteuil and Juliette Binoche are pitch-perfect, and they do a good job showing different sides to their characters. Ultimately, this is a film about an audience and how we view characters in films, and if this should be viewed as an "intrusion" or not.
September 13, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

The feeling of emptiness your heart receives in the end is close to unbearable.
June 11, 2012
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paul oh

Super Reviewer

The film opens with one of the more daring static shots you'll ever see, a couple of solid minutes of footage of the protagonists' house, and people coming and going, passing by, and - of course, this is Haneke - a moment where the tape is rewound to remind you that you are watching a movie. In come the voices of Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, who we learn are watching this tape that has been sent to them. Here begins the story, in which more mysterious packages arrrive, all seemingly with the goal of getting through the exterior of their happy, consumer-society life to reveal that which is... wait for it... hidden. By degrees, the film reveals more pieces from one character's past - who struggles with how much of it to tell to the other charcter - and it sets up misdirects along the way, too, before closing with a final shot that - were it not for the 20+-minute interview on with Haneke in the DVD's special features - I might have interpreted totally differently: there's an element that apparently, only half the viewers notice, and the interpretation of the film comes out differently as a result. Hard to go into much more detail with this film without ruining the intrigue, but suffice to say, it has all the calling cards of the classic psychological thriller, and that it's one of the more intellectually accomplished films you will see in the way that it succeeds in leaving everything open to interpretation, and questioning constantly what is in the open and what is... once more?... hidden. Fantastic film. This is my third Haneke (Funny Games; The White Ribbon), and I'm learning that I've really been missing out.
January 30, 2012

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