- Format: NTSC
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Generic
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00000F7E6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,803 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Academy Award?-winner Juliette Binoche (1997, Best Supporting Actress, The English Patient) stars in CACH?, a psychological thriller about a TV talk show host and his wife who are terrorized by surveillance videos of their private life. Delivered by an anonymous stalker, the tapes reveal secret after secret until obsession, denial and deceit take hold of the couple and hurl them to the point of no return. CACH? is director Michael Haneke's dark vision of a relationship torn mercilessly apart by the camera's unblinking eye.
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Yes the film is slow moving. But from my perspective this just assists in building the tension incrementally. The prime and violent scene for me was shocking in it's unexpectedness but not in any sense amusing for any reason.
Read the reviews but watch the film and make up your own mind.
This film is very well acted, and contains the premise of a good idea for a movie. But it relies far too much on the viewer to make connections that exist, and is, in my opinion, an example of lazy film-making.
In one scene, a man cuts his own throat, and dies instantly, painlessly, and almost bloodlessly....i was shocked initially and then i just laughed. I managed to struggle to make it to the end.
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The main focus of the movie would appear to be how Georges deals with the guilt he carries over a selfish act he comitted at the age of 6. However, the ultimate tragedy of the film would clearly NOT have occurred if it were not for the tapes. Consequently, the more serious culpability here is completely glossed over because it is Georges the movie is focused on. While one could certainly find interest in the guilt carried by Georges, the fact that it is completely overshadowed by the ultimate responsibility of the voyeur and his tapes makes that apparently unknown individual the far more interesting case. Presumably that individual wanted to remind and reinforce Georges guilt-- something perfectly consistent with Majid's invitation to witness the suicide. If instead, the voyeur was Majid's son, the guilt he would have to carry for his own father's death would be significant. And any other party would have to carry even more. Consequently only if Majid was himself responsible as Georges ultimately concludes, leaves the most important moral questions in focus, and in fact, are Majid's not Georges'.
CACHE is often criticized for its overt social and political subtext, and while these themes are often apparent, they never become the driving force of the plot. Haneke's emotionless filming only serves to alienate the viewer, drawing a line of separation between them and the characters. The audience is only invited to observe but never to interact or invest themselves in the events as they unfold, a barrier that was visited first in Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM. The camera then becomes the only character with whom the audience can relate, but in keeping with the central theme of lies and deceit, the camera lies just as much as the characters themselves. It is impossible to tell which events are unfolding in actuality on screen, and which are pre-recordings that are playing back on a taped recording.
At times, CACHE also appears to be Haneke's reflection on the Italian Giallo, as it mirrors the structure and revelation of past events that was popularized by Dario Argento in the 70s. Another nod to Argento can be found in a single shocking moment of gore that closely resembles the brutal death of Jane in TENEBRE. Completely unlike the Italian mysteries, however, CACHE does not allow for any form of satisfying end, leaving the viewer with more questions than answers in its closing scenes. Just as he has done countless times before, Haneke also robs the viewer of a soundtrack to accompany the film, which builds on the sense of tension and unease that has already been established with each new package left on Georges and Anne's doorstep.
While Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche each provide powerful and convincing performances, it is Michael Haneke's signature style that wins in the end. Paranoia, fear, and suspense are each measured out in equal doses, keeping audiences on the knife's edge at every turn. CACHE will not be received well by all audiences, but it stands as both a thought provoking and engaging piece of film art.
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In addition to the movie, the dvd contains an excellent and revealing interview with the director and a very interesting and well made documentary about the making of Cache.
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