Sunday, 10 January 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 31: Sun Jan 31

Hidden (Haneke, 2005): Close-Up Cinema, 8pm

This is part of the Michael Haneke season (full details here) at Close-Up Cinema. This film, one of the best of the Noughties, is a 35mm screening.

Chicago Reader review:
This brilliant if unpleasant puzzle without a solution, about surveillance and various kinds of denial, finds writer-director Michael Haneke near the top of his game, though it's not a game everyone will want to play (2005). The brittle host of a TV book-chat show (Daniel Auteuil) and his unhappy wife (Juliette Binoche) start getting strange videos that track their comings and goings outside their Paris home. Once the husband traces the videos to an Algerian he abused when both were kids, things get only more tense, troubled, and unresolved. Haneke is so punitive toward the couple and his audience that I periodically rebelled against—or went into denial about—the director's rage, and I guess that's part of the plan.
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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