Cafe Europe
Austria, France, Germany, Italy / 2005 / French dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 117 minutes
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Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche play a chic, intelligent Parisian couple: he is host of a TV cultural program, she is a publisher. They are terrorised by the videotapes and violent drawings left anonymously outside their door. As the husband's past emerges, we discover that the cause of the trouble could be the wrong he did to an Algerian boy in his childhood. The great director Michael Haneke takes us, perhaps more brilliantly and accessibly than ever, into that domain of which he is the master: middle-class paranoia and terror. As so often in Haneke's films, we see the comfortable and complacent façade of bourgeois life collapsing, threatened by and reacting with violence. Haneke uses psychological thriller conventions to tear away the masks of these genteel professionals and create mounting tension.


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