Cache

As the credits come up, this film starts in a home in France that the viewers watch for a few minutes. Then we see rewind lines and realize that this is a videotape. The story is of a regular family, George Laurent (Daniel Auteuil), his wife Anne (Juliette Binoche- Chocolat, The English Patient), and their son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky), who receive strange videotapes wrapped in white paper with disturbing images on them. The family tries to go on as though nothing is happening by having friends over as they regularly would, and allowing their son to go on with his activities. They continue to receive the tapes and they direct George to an apartment. He goes to it and finds the resident is a boy he knew from his childhood, a boy that his parents were to adopt after the boy's parents died, but he was taken away. The boy grew up without the luxurious life he would have had had he been adopted, but was living fine none the less. Now that he is grown up Majid (Maurice Benichou) is reminded of the hardships that he went though as a child. George questions him about the tapes but Majid denies any knowledge of them, as does Majid's son. The police cannot help because nothing dangerous has happened so George and Anne live in fear. As the film goes on the plot develops more twists and you are not sure who is sending these tapes and why.

On the surface this film seems simple, but if you watch it carefully and think about it (which you will long after you have left the theatre) you can see that there is so much more to it than that. It is only at the very end that you can figure it out, after much thought. It is about family, about giving attention to certain things, and about caring for others. Director Michael Haneke demonstrates a wonderful technique to making this film. He kept the visuals very simple with no elaborate sets and long shots of the same scene; so that the viewer can take the movie in and grasp the true meaning of it. The writing is easy to follow and to the point so it is relatable to an average family. Also the cast was a group of very talented actors. You see how something like this can start to tear at a husband and wife, the viewers feel for this family who is being harassed and watched by someone constantly. They seem like such everyday people that it could be your family. The film is an excellent look at family life and how our actions can affect the lives of others without us even noticing it or having knowledge of it. Although the film may be slow in comparison to the quick cutting American films we are accustomed to seeing, it is worth watching because it will have you thinking for days.

Special Features:
-Interview with director Michael Haneke
-Behind the scenes of Caché
-Trailers for The White Countess, Breakfast on Pluto, Friends with Money, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Joyeux Noel, Don't Come Knocking, Capote, Why We Fight, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, and Cirque du Soleil: Lovesick

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