Dan's Review of Caché
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.