Funny Games [DVD] 
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Anna (Susan Lothar) and Georg Schober (Ulrich Mühe) arrive with their son, Georgie, at their lakeside holiday home. Through their neighbour, Fred, they meet Paul (Arno Frisch) and his friend Peter (Frank Giering). However, once inside Anna and Georg's house, Peter and Paul begin to torture them, betting that in twenty-four hours they and Georgie will be dead. When Georgie manages to escape to Fred's house, he discovers that the neighbour and his wife have already been murdered: it seems that Paul and Peter are serious about continuing their 'game' to the finish.
It is impossible to have a neutral opinion about the Austrian thriller Funny Games--a movie so relentless in its ability to shock that it gained pariah status on the film festival circuit in 1997. In the warped tradition of A Clockwork Orange, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Blue Velvet, this is a film--directed with electrifying audacity by Munich-born Michael Haneke--that addresses the controversy of screen violence by making the viewer as guilty as the Leopold and Loeb-like killers who terrorise a young family of three during their summer vacation. They arrive as friendly neighbours, seducing the family with phoney congeniality, but soon Funny Games reveals its devious strategy, turning savage and appalling ... and completely captivating for those who can endure the terror. There's actually less violence than you'd see in a typical American horror flick such as Scream, but Haneke's forceful staging effectively fulfils his agenda of viewer complicity; we vividly experience this doomed family's fate and feel helpless to save them. So helpless, in fact, that Haneke dares to offer a hint of respite by giving a victim the upper hand, only to "replay" the same scene with the darkest of outcomes. Funny Games is guaranteed to outrage some viewers with its manipulative schemes, but there's no denying the film's visceral impact, generated by Haneke's expert handling of a superior cast. Don't even think of allowing anyone under age 18 to watch this film; all others should proceed with caution. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story itself is seems quite plain: A family on vacation at a pittoresque mountain river/lake meet two very polite young men, Paul and Peter. But from that point the absolute horror begins to develop. No matter how hard the family tries to percieve a motive behind the two men's torturous behaviour, they simply cannot understand it, because Paul and Peter are bright and intelligent. Moreover, they understand the family's situation much better, but they're not affected the slightest about it. Instead, they carry on with their polite facade. At one point the mother asks the two men why they're being so cruel. Their reply comes quickly: 'Why not'?
Actually, there is very little on-scrren violence, but you sense the pain, horror and frustration so much stronger than in ordinary violent films because Haneke succeeds in the difficult task of portraying psychical violence.
'Funny Games' has been compared to 'A Clockwork Orange', but Haneke, in contrast to Kubrick, operates with a fully realistic setting and terribly realistic characters, which makes the helplessness and horror much more relevant(!!!)
I remember watching this late night on TV. The introduction gave the usual warnings about 'scariness'. No film has ever frightened me before, but this did. It's hard to categorise this film; not a horror, not really a thriller. But it is one of the best psychological thrillers since Hitchcock.
It is a film for those of us who know what lurks at the back of our minds, hidden just from view. You are unlikely to 'love' this film, but you may hate it. Ambivalence is not an option!
The DVD quality is pretty good, although nothing special. The extras are very dull and the English subtitles cannot be turned off.
Yet, days later I found myself still thinking about it. Normally I forget films very quickly, but this one was not fading away. I eventually realised that there was something brilliant about that film.
The brilliance was the way the two guys were portrayed, they are 'evil' and yet seem so normal. They are completely detached emotionally from their actions and seem to feel no empathy at all with their victims. There is no reason for them to kill, no rational explanation. They don't even seem to derive any sadistic pleasure from it.
The way the action is filmed - with the bad guy at one point winking at you, the viewer - helps increase this sense of unease as you are forced by the director to identify with the bad guy and participate (vicariously) in the mental torture inflicted on the victims.
I think that's why the film is so powerful. There's none of that cheap Hollywood gore+blood nonsense. The fear generated is psychological. You are not identifying with the victim and running away with them, you become the accomplice of the killer.
Very, very potent.
It takes real skill to create a film with this depth, and only Haneke could have bought the cinematic mastery to it that he did. There is a true and serious message here, and Haneke delivers it brilliantly.
In his own words; "Those who walk out don't need this film. Those who stay do."
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I'd heard quite a bit about this film, and was genuinely nervous about seeing it, given its reputation as a film that's almost unbearable to watch. Read morePublished 17 months ago by KaleHawkwood
Absolutely terrible. An unrealistic and pointless plot. The characters were one dimensional and boring, each one seemingly designed simply to frustrate the viewer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chris Williams
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