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Directed By
Michael Haneke

Written By:
Michael Haneke

Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard Le Coq, Aïssa Maïga, Daniel Duval, Caroline Baehr, Nathalie Richard, Denis Podalydès, Walid Afkir, Denis Podalydès, Christian Benedetti, Philippe Besson, Loic Brabant

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Cache (2005)
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Movie Review by Steven
June 25th, 2006

Kudos to Haneke for bringing this film to my eyes.

Haneke deserves all the praise possible in this film. I have seen this film at a film festival and normally the admission price is quite expensive. However, this film does deserve to be expensive because it is so unique and original. Moreover, this was at an opening night which has the recognition of excellence and for once, I tend to agree with this film.

I love this work mainly because it does not try to be Hollywood at all. It does not have the stupid la-di-dah music whenever a person is in danger, sex and cheesy romance sub-plot is no where to be seen which I feel glad about. Hollywood mainly has sex to wake the audience if bored. And most importantly, the film sticks to its objective genre and the focus is mainly for the story which I believe it's important. The film is so ingenious that a story which looks difficult, Haneke handled it very well and easily.

Binoche and Auteuil once again made a strong performance and it is truly their finest hour yet. Despite their protagonism, you can't stop worshipping these two actors and you can't hate them at all. They speak the genres profoundly whether it's thriller like this or comedy. Haneke is guaranteed an immediate success after the casting of these two. Any casting director would be very confident to hire Binoche or Auteuil. They may never have to audition again. The supporting characters are genuine from legendary senior actor to a young child actor (Georges and Anne's Son) who made quite an introduction making a great start to his acting career.

The writing is very clever and none of the scene in the film has I felt were redundant. Every dialogue, emotion and events are placed there. Interestingly, after the end of the film, nothing more was needed. It was sufficient enough and the timing to make it happen is to the perfection. What also impressed me about this film is that it does not only build suspense but delivers little but powerful twist throughout the story, from the lines to the character's behaviour, there is truly a bump (or a shock) in the cinema where no one really expected it to be. Finally, the story is not predictable as you think because it gives the audience a chance to think who was right or wrong and allows us to decide whether we could be suspicious or not in this incident, unlike many films which are obvious and everything is decided for us where we can't even think at all. This film makes you react (which is a good thing). Incredible use of editing and direction. No music was played in the background but it felt necessary resulting in a great atmosphere for the story.

I really can't tell you the details of many pros or "bump-twists" in the story because it is too good to waste. You have to see the film yourself and then you will soon feel the same nervous and exciting experience that I had, whether it's in the cinemas or DVD. Kudos to Haneke and Co. for bringing this exceptional film into my life. I don't want to see any remakes for this film because the Haneke version is all I need for this type of story. Homage may be acceptable, as long as it's not mainstream Hollywood.

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