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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Written by
The premise is not a thousand miles away from William Wyler's
"Desperate Hours" but the distances here are measured in a different
way. Michael Heneke the "author" of this horror thriller of sorts is at
the service of his vision of himself. He's not the first "author" to
suffer from the same malady but here it's so bloody obvious that
becomes kind of funny. From the opening credits you know that
"pretension" will permeate the whole movie and it does but, the funny
thing is that it's riveting. I watched the whole nonsense with my mouth
open. That's an achievement, isn't it? I haven't seen the original
German version (a blow by blow account directed by Heneke himself)but,
I must confess, I think I will, I think I want to. Don't ask me why.
This is as empty as anything I've ever seen. A public act of obscenity
and yet you can't, you just can't look away. Naomi Watts is terrific as
the smart middle class wife and mother that will notice for first that
Michael Pitt is not that good an actor. She sees through him - who
wouldn't? - pretty much from the start. Michael Pitt plays the creep as
a creep with good manners. So on the nose that doesn't manage to be
frightening. He is shocking because of what he does but not for what he
appears to be. He has no sexual presence. Tim Roth, as the weakling
husband is disturbingly convincing and the young actor playing their
son is truly wonderful. So here I am, talking about a film I kind of
detested with unexpected respect. Michael Heneke may be one of those
artists who are extraordinary self promoters, but he's an artist none
the less and like real artist often do, divide, confront and provoke.
So, did I like "Funny Games"? No. Will I see it again? Absolutely.
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