I still cannot understand how the great Michael Haneke could have made this dumb home-invasion film. See Haneke's greatest film, "The Piano Teacher", not this regurgitated American product. Are there 2 versions of this film? I saw the one with Michael Pitt. It was the pits.
The fact that this film is among the most disturbing I've ever seen despite having most violence occur off-screen is a testament to the strength of the performances and the talent of the filmmaker, but I have to wonder if there's a legitimate context. Yes, Haneke wants to re-sensitize the audience to violence, but is that enough to justify the brutal, depraved material on display here? I'll have to sleep on that one.
This was he scariest thing I've ever seen... Looking in the camera, breaking the fourth wall, addressing the audience... Asking you to join their "Funny" games, and no matter what you do, you know you'll lose in the end clearly.
Twenty Y e a r s old (20!!!) He made the definite anti-Tarantino movie. And he only needed one film to do that.This Placebo song seems oh so perfect and seems to have been made to celebrate this momentous piece of cinema:
'Twenty Years' > ♪ There are twenty years to go
the best of all I hope
enjoy the ride
the medicine show
And thems the breaks
for we designer fakes/we need to concentrate on more than meets the eye ♪
Fun for all the family... 'Compliance' must have been influenced by this brutally mundane psychological thriller. Deeply unsettling in showing the worst case scenario dangers of disingenuous politeness from strangers. The dynamics of attacker and victim are mercilessly rendered by Haneke. The U.S. version was an interesting experiment in satirising cultural contexts and the nature of sequel.