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Caché - Haneke does it again


Can a man run from his hidden past without any guilt? Probably yes, but not when he knows that somebody was and still is watching him. Who can that be somebody? We may never know.
    Caché deals with same question while exploring deep inside human behaviour. Georges Laurent, a famous TV host of a talk show, lives with his family which consists of his wife Anna and son Pierrot. They start receiving a series of tapes containing surveillance videos of his house. After a point of time the subject of videos starts to change into more personal. When Georges follows the clue given in one of the tapes he comes face to face with his adopted brother and secrets from his past starts to unravel.
    Michael Haneke is a skillful craftsman, who knows his work more than many film directors. What he does in Caché can be offensive to many people. He plays with his characters all the time making a strong statement hidden inside a supposedly thriller. Audience keeps guessing who sent the tapes? And in the end the things turn out to be completely different. Another unsatisfactory and unnerving end? I don’t blame the audience. Even I felt the same for the first 5 minutes after watching the movie.
    What was Haneke thinking when he wrote the script? Who sent the tapes? – I was asking the wrong question. I started again with different questions. The question were – Was the movie about tapes? Are those tapes central theme of the movie? Is it necessary to know who sent the tapes and will it change the story if we know who sent the tapes?
     The answer to all the questions were a big fat NO. Things started to get clear and I realized the metaphors and allegory Haneke was using in the movie which I will discuss in later posts.
    I realized that Haneke made a masterpiece and then I watched it again just for the pleasure of it. Brilliant shots , though for some it would be boring and long. But that’s one of Haneke’s trademark style as can be noticed in Das Schloß. Almost no background score. That familiar use of blue color. The change of lighting with the mood of character. Awesome!
Rest in later posts where I will go deep inside the nuances of Caché.
Highly recommended!

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