The unforgettable original version of acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke’s classic exploration of screen violence is an uncompromising, sometimes uncomfortable but never less than compelling experience.
Arriving at their remote lakeside holiday home, a middle class family are alarmed by the unexpected arrival of two young men who soon begin to subject them to a twisted and horrifying ordeal of terror.
With characteristic mastery, Haneke turns the conventions of the thriller genre upside down and directly challenges the expectations of his audience, forcing viewers to question the complacency with which they receive images of casual violence in contemporary cinema.
Cheerfully wishing his audience a “disturbing evening” at a London retrospective of his films, director Michael Haneke insists that he is an optimist at heart, despite all of the relentlessly bleak carnage and deeply disturbing imagery so vividly painted and seared into the mind of anyone who has had the uncomfortable experience of viewing his work.
Practically born into show business, to an actress mother and director father, in Munich in March 1942, Haneke spent his early years in a working class suburb of Vienna before an early attempt at fame as an actor and pianist. Failing to achieve early success, Haneke attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy and psychology, and became a film critic and stage director before making his eventual debut as a television director with After Liverpool in 1973. Setting in motion a television career specializing in literary adaptations and small screen films, Haneke would work successfully in that medium until his feature debut… read more
Perhaps the funniest part is the tongue-in-cheek title of the film - an obvious nod to the "funny" games Tom, Jerry, and Haneke play on the protagonists as well as the audience. By the end, you finally realize that the games played by both the director and the actors could have been a lot funnier (both in terms of black humor or cinematic novelty). indeed, Haneke is the one who has the last laugh on this one.
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