Caché

2005

Caché

Critics Consensus

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

89%

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Total Count: 133

78%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 51,430
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Movie Info

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 back to haunt him. It was during France's occupation of Algeria that Georges wronged a young Algerian boy named Majid (Maurice Bénichou), and as the enraged father and husband begins tracking down his former friend, the line between victim and predator becomes increasingly blurred.

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Cast

Daniel Auteuil
as Georges Laurent
Juliette Binoche
as Anne Laurent
Annie Girardot
as George's Mother
Lester Makedonsky
as Pierrot Laurent
Bernard Le Coq
as George's Editor
Walid Afkir
as Majid's Son
Paule Dare
as The Orphanage Attendent
Marie Kremer
as Jeannette
Hugo Flamigni
as George as a Child
Malik Nait Djoudi
as Majid as a Child
Christian Benedetti
as George's Father, Young
Annette Faure
as George's Mother, Young
Diouc Koma
as Cyclist
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Critic Reviews for Caché

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (36)

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

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • Caché encourages us to look -- and then to look harder.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: A
  • Contrarian that he is, Haneke does a much finer job forcing questions than providing an answer.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Haneke's patient, tip-toed assault turns Caché from a little movie about spooked haute-bourgeois media personalities into a sneaky and effective exposé on the artifice of film.

    Feb 10, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One thing that cannot be argued is Haneke's ability to attract the best actors in cinema, perhaps by promising to take them places they have never been.

    Feb 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • This is a film you will be discussing for days, trying to figure out what actually happened and why.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Caché

  • Oct 02, 2016
    better than funny games (both versions) as it's more about the film than the acting performance. it's just more solid, and with the constant calling cards it has the intensity of some J-horror.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2016
    Cache (Hidden) is a French psychological thriller, directed by Michael Haneke, starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche as Georges and Anne Laurent, a married couple with a 12-year-old son in Paris. VHS tapes containing recordings of the Laurent household under mysterious surveillance begin arriving at their front door, and these tapes lead to strained relationships as the couple attempts to solve the mystery of who is sending the tapes. I had no prior knowledge of this movie going into it. Typically, I don't watch a lot of foreign language films. However, I've heard from multiple outlets that Cache is considered one of the best movies of the century, so I had to see what the buzz is about. After viewing, I can understand the hype. Let me start by saying that Cache is not a movie for casual film fans. At two hours in length, it is a very slow movie and focuses more on the actors than the actions. Also, as I said before, this is French film. If that's a turn-off, don't watch it. I believe Haneke directed a real piece of art here. The tension is palpable throughout the run time thanks to long, static shots and a complete absence of music. Seriously, not a single note is played in the background of Cache. It amps up the intensity in a way that makes it almost uncomfortable to watch. Helping this cause are the two lead actors. Auteuil and Binoche have fantastic chemistry, and the strain in their relationship increases throughout the movie. There are creepy flashback/dream sequences as well, raising more questions than answers. Speaking of ambiguity, the end of this movie is going to piss people off. Haneke has gone on record to say that he enjoys listening to people's theories on the movie because there really is no clear answer to the mystery. While infuriating, it effectively makes me want to rewind and watch the movie all over again! Seriously folks, if you have patience when watching a movie, Cache is worth your time. It only becomes more intriguing as the plot thickens, and you'll be unable to do anything except stare at the screen searching for subtle clues as to who is behind the mystery. If you're up for the challenging view, Cache is for you (rhyme not intended). Final grade: A -Ben
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2013
    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.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    Cache is a tight nerve wrenching, heart pounding, film. The greatest thriller of recent history. A couple with a near perfect life gets disturbed by video tapes arriving at there door of someone watching them. No character development lead into this, the film dived right into this. Smart decision in my mind, because this film never wasted a second. These tapes and occasional letters turned there lives upside down. There were no threats, no foul play, just the pure idea of being stalked crashed there lives to the ground. I was incredibly tense through out, I was always on the edge waiting for what's to come next. The editing by Muse and Hudeck was unbelievable, the pacing was spot on. The only thing I wish is that there would be at least some more of a conclusion. I'm not saying a give away, but a hint. The film can be interpreted many ways with the open end, I'm still pondering a few possibilities. No doubt in my mind though that this will be remembered as a classic with in the thriller genre.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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