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Time Out's film team's run-down of the scariest scenes in cinema

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Hidden (2005)

Dir Michael Haneke (Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou)

Ever kick sand in a kid’s face? It’ll come back to haunt you

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The terror in Michael Haneke’s films is more often suggested than explicit – think of the unrevealed disaster of ‘The Time of the Wolf’, or even ‘Funny Games’, in which most of the violence is threatened or happens off-camera. That’s the thrust of  ‘Hidden’, too, which gives us a well-to-do Parisian couple, Georges and Anne, played by Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, who start receiving anonymous video tapes and drawings at their well-to-do home. These unwanted gifts lead a harried Georges to an Algerian man, Majid, who used to share Georges’s family home as a child and who is the source of some long-buried guilt around an incident they shared which involved the beheading of a chicken. The man, Majid, insists he has nothing to do with the packages, although during Georges’s second meeting with him, at his flat, something dreadful happens. He didn’t send the tapes, Majid says, but he has something he wants to show him. At which point he slits his own throat and dies. The stillness of the camera, Auteuil’s frozen stance, the splash of red on the wall and the sound of gurgling blood all leave us plenty of space to consider the horror we’ve witnessed and recover from the inevitable involuntary jolt or scream. DC


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