Can the sins of childhood and the guilt of their outcome not only shape who we become but come back to haunt and confront us in maturity? Haneke's wonderful script brings multiple questions and interpretations to mind. Performances are strong and the endgame haunting.
The fact that the victims of the surveillance are obsessed with observing — a TV host and a publisher with a very large library — is a brilliant touch.This group whose engagement with [French] colonialism was limited to watching news reports on Iraq & discussing n'importe quoi with their mates is confronted with the reality of the cruelty they've dealt. The Other cast aside by Georges' peers is no longer peripheral.
Haneke’s intellectual predilections often gain stronger footing within quasi-narrative frameworks, as here in a cool but absorbing essay on notions of guilty concealment - itself concealed in a redacted thriller format. It’s either a narrow monument of austere obfuscation or the widest MacGuffin on record, but either way a convincing coalescence of familiar concerns of estrangement, effect without obvious cause, etc.
★★★★/ 35mm/ Haneke's brilliant film, a disturbing exploration of secrets coming to the surface, deftly blends a Hitchcockian tension with a raw brutality. Binoche and Auteuil, both superb, depict a marriage slowly corroding. Methodically paced, Haneke confidently utilizes his camera as observer, allowing the film to leisurely reveal its dark twisted truth.
76/100 (SPOİLER! Çocuk aklıyla yapılan bir hatadan bir insanı suçlamak ne kadar doğru? Film genel hatlarıyla yabancı karşıtlığına ve ırkçılığa eleştiri getirse de altını dolduramıyor. Ana başroldeki adamı suçlasa da bence suçlu bir tarafı yok çünkü hatayı yaparken çocuktu. Sırf bu yüzden ve filmin kolaycı sonu sebebiyle her iyi gidişat taca çıkıyor malesef. )
This bourgeoise guilt film by Haneke delivers a shocking look at how past events deliver horror to those who participated in it long ago. Carefully planned exposition riddle the screen with question whom many aren't even those we should ask ourselves, like 'Who did it?'. This movie does not require a second viewing to get everything plot-wise, but it assumes a totally different stance once you comprehend it's meaning