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If you like to think for yourself.........you might like this film.,
This review is from: Funny Games [DVD]  [US Import] (DVD)Allowng myself to trust the director,(having been mightily impressed by Cache) belief was suspended.During the middle of this film my brain was in that place you find yourself when considering a tricky move at chess:-completely fascinating,butterflies in the tummy.Others have mentioned the rewind sequence,extraordinarily effective,but only one among an arsenal of film-making gags that Haneke uses so brilliantly.Having recently watched Errol Morris' "Fast,Cheap and Out of Control" one reviewer of this film said about it "It's harder to say what this film ""isn't"" ,about".
Hanekes film is similar in this respect.Many subjects are covered and preconceptions challenged,from the obvious good versus evil,to the role of deprivation in upbringing,gender roles,middle class mediocrity,the nature of life on planet earth,etc..Taking for example the use of satellite televised stock car racing,where people risk their lives for money,fame and glory...used as a background for senseless slaughter,provoking thoughts on peoples varying perception of the importance of life...or death."Funny Games" is just that.A film where the creative team explore topics which are very close to the bone for every human being,don't watch this with the family on a Sunday afternoon,the base level of shock needed to plumb in the point is one of the most disturbing I've seen.If you can sit for two hours and put aside squeamishness then ultimately you're in for a treat.The title of this review says it all.