Hidden (15)

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Time Out says

Thu Oct 27 2005

Georges (Auteuil) hosts a TV literary chat-show, and discovers the drawbacks to celebrity when he and his wife Anne (Binoche) start receiving videotapes of their comings and goings filmed outside the house and wrapped in childlike drawings evocative of bloody violence. Even when the tapes’ contents suggest the anonymous sender has some intimate knowledge of – and murderous intent towards – Georges’ life, the police insist they can do nothing, and the tension begins to take its toll on his family, not to mention his sense of justice… Haneke uses this relatively straightforward story to explore a complex range of issues to do with contemporary life: celebrity and social inequality, the erosion of privacy, the fear of the Other, the weight of the past, the relationship between responsibility, repression and conscience, voyeurism and technology. It’s a spectacularly intelligent movie, but it also succeeds superbly as suspenseful, gripping and emotionally affecting drama, thanks in no small part to the uniformly excellent performances. A film of many splendid ambiguities; the final shot is just the icing on the cake.
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15

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Fri Jan 27, 2006

Duration:

118 mins

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phazel

I need to see it again. M.Haneke says the clues are in there. It was brilliant.

phazel

I need to see it again. M.Haneke says the clues are in there. It was brilliant.

Niidup Gyeltshen

Hidden is a good movie, i cant see it is a masterpiece. it however is good to watch in the sense that it depicts the real life as it is. not an exaggeration of or fabrication of the real life to suit the taste of the audience. The movie is a mirror of the real world.

kevin broni

Well there's not much more that one can add that has not already been said other than I found this film insulting and patronizing. like many of the reviewers before me I sat down after hearing rave reviews anticipating something extraordinary. Well to describe it as ordinary would be more than generous. This really is awful. To suggest that the 'who dunnit' is not at important is preposterous. Its the only thing that drags you through this vomit. typical bourgerois family doing there boring bourgerois thing, Not interested in you, your programme, your wife your kid or your boring pretentiuos friends. the plausabillity of the plot borders on the ludicrous.Reading the so called 'film critics' rave on about this film, is like listening to art critics try to ratify someone taking a shit on floor and selling it to me as art. There has to be a better way to deal issues that were raised in this toilet pan of a feature.

Philip Temple

We had to look twice at the ending. IOt is not just a boring scene of kids on the school steps - at bottom left we see the teenagers Pierrot (Georges and Anne's son) and the Algerian Majid's son in earnest conversation before separating on good terms. What HAD they been up to?

Philip Temple

We had to look twice at the ending. IOt is not just a boring scene of kids on the school steps - at bottom left we see the teenagers Pierrot (Georges and Anne's son) and the Algerian Majid's son in earnest conversation before separating on good terms. What HAD they been up to?

Joycie

The reason I watched this movie was that the critic in the NZ Listener rated it ten out of ten!! I would appreciate it if the said critic (Sarah Barnett) would please now explain it to all of us frustrated people who did not understand the ending. (1) What exactly was happening when a child got taken away? (2) What was the point of the scene on the school steps which showed while the credits were rolling??

pancake

DULL DULL DULL. when did juliett Brioche get so AWFUL and UNWATCHABLE and UGLY and NORMAL. This plot is so stale is reeks. the twist is - there isnt one ! so give up , dont even bother i feel sick that i just wasted almost three hours bring on the hollywood blockbusters french film is dead au reviour

Kevin

Such a waste of my time. I watched it because of a review, and having seen it, looked for more reviews and found nothing but praise. I absolutely GIVE UP. It should have had a forword or somthing to warn up: "Pretentious Rubbish - Do not watch unless you like watching paint dry!" Pretention is fine - up to a point. But this made no sense - apart from some arty-farty crap about colonial guilt. I thouth is was to be a thriller - but it was just DULL, DULL, DULL, pretentious wank.

Sophia

This is the worst film I have ever seen! There are far too many unneeded dull scenes. I would definitely never recommend this. I have completely been out off French films.

ruth McGratg

I found this film disturbing and brooding, I could not believe how repressed and cold this man was and arrogant - I felt so sad for the little boys they were, and the guilt that had so many terrible resonances throughout their lives.

Rien Post

Very pretentious. The theme could have been turned into a gripping and confusing thriller but instead we get a self-indulged and, as the plot drags on, extremely boring film. Long, slow shots are not a problem if they serve a purpose. Here most of them don't. There's endless, pointless chatter just to give a more "real time" feel. I see what the director is trying to achieve with this approach but he fails completely. The acting is fine, photography predictable but solid, editing poor. A remake, please.

usman khawaja

hanekes tribute to the hidden dead from 17-10-61; Papon ,a nazi collaborator ordered the massacre of at least 200-1000 peaceful demonstrators during the algerian war,drowned or shot in the heart of paris. this movie is a socio-political hidden innuendo in the form of a refined and re-invented revisitation of the event and its reverbrating consequences,its victims are actually the guilt-ridden french conscience that tolerated a state sponsored concentration camp and brutal police killings intentionally,the satire or observation works in the form of a modern couple who are receiving violent messages ,the reaction of the spouses to each other is natural as the wife rebels against the husband's guilt ridden belated confessions to the root cause of their persecution, haneke is a master and he deploys images to explain and suggests rather then talk about both the horrific event which rendered an 8 year old boy an orphan and then the NORMAL jealousy of a 6 year old which led to ruining the life of the orphan in a state orphanage. but the optimisim is about the next generation that the last shot so skilfully devises as two polar cultures come together in the compound of a school,and you understand the character of pierrot,laurents son and his possible liaision in the event itself of terrorising his own family. This is simply genius-the orphan majid and his reactions are overwhelming ,while you cannot judge the laurent family or george -so who is to blame-PAPON,WHO WAS CONVICTED OF WAR CRIMES IN 1998,for deportation of jews and then the algerian massacre in the heart of paris over pontsaint-michel-this is a masterpiece,a modern classic attired as a slick thriller but it will haunt you as the imaginary nightmare that charles laurent undergoes as his guilty conscience perturbs him -death is no punishment but a liberation ,it is a tortured soul that suffers eternally and the hidden becomes an overt tribute to the politically and racially massacred victims of france from st.Bart's day massacre to the recent police conflicts with africans in parisian suburbs , mr .haneke's hidden is the most important socio-political thriller ever made as it talks of a mass national guilt in the context of individuals ,but hits it's nail right on the head just like haneke meant it to be -the movie is titled hidden but it's message is a noble ,humane ,liberating truth which makes a true parody of the trashy last few decades . this is a modern day great classic which is possibly only comparable to pan's labyrinth in it's context of teror on children's minds but psycholigically it's far superior to that as it indulges in not judging the french or laurents but looking at the future in it's finale great moments . en core . usman khawaja

usman khawaja

hanekes tribute to the hidden dead from 17-10-61; Papon ,a nazi collaborator ordered the massacre of at least 200-1000 peaceful demonstrators during the algerian war,drowned or shot in the heart of paris. this movie is a socio-political hidden innuendo in the form of a refined and re-invented revisitation of the event and its reverbrating consequences,its victims are actually the guilt-ridden french conscience that tolerated a state sponsored concentration camp and brutal police killings intentionally,the satire or observation works in the form of a modern couple who are receiving violent messages ,the reaction of the spouses to each other is natural as the wife rebels against the husband's guilt ridden belated confessions to the root cause of their persecution, haneke is a master and he deploys images to explain and suggests rather then talk about both the horrific event which rendered an 8 year old boy an orphan and then the NORMAL jealousy of a 6 year old which led to ruining the life of the orphan in a state orphanage. but the optimisim is about the next generation that the last shot so skilfully devises as two polar cultures come together in the compound of a school,and you understand the character of pierrot,laurents son and his possible liaision in the event itself of terrorising his own family. This is simply genius-the orphan majid and his reactions are overwhelming ,while you cannot judge the laurent family or george -so who is to blame-PAPON,WHO WAS CONVICTED OF WAR CRIMES IN 1998,for deportation of jews and then the algerian massacre in the heart of paris over pontsaint-michel-this is a masterpiece,a modern classic attired as a slick thriller but it will haunt you as the imaginary nightmare that charles laurent undergoes as his guilty conscience perturbs him -death is no punishment but a liberation ,it is a tortured soul that suffers eternally and the hidden becomes an overt tribute to the politically and racially massacred victims of france from st.Bart's day massacre to the recent police conflicts with africans in parisian suburbs , mr .haneke's hidden is the most important socio-political thriller ever made as it talks of a mass national guilt in the context of individuals ,but hits it's nail right on the head just like haneke meant it to be -the movie is titled hidden but it's message is a noble ,humane ,liberating truth which makes a true parody of the trashy last few decades . this is a modern day great classic which is possibly only comparable to pan's labyrinth in it's context of teror on children's minds but psycholigically it's far superior to that as it indulges in not judging the french or laurents but looking at the future in it's finale great moments . en core . usman khawaja

John Butler

A good start slow confusing finish typical French critical success with no popular appeal. technically mediocre

Michael Kerjman

From the very beginning, this movie has captured me with casualty of reality slowly dismantled on a screen. During a few days I watched this work twice trying to grasp a hidden guilt Georges carries upon his life, such a mark of Cain, explaining the threatening intrigue. It is clear stated on this page, a future length is 118min as a Reg-4 A$ 29.95 DVD disk is 112 minutes only, and these six minute gap perhaps makes a significant difference for comprehending the story of a successful grown up delusive racial abuser info from various movie-reviewing sites provides. Superb acting and unpredictability of developments allow leaving any logic of a story outside its script.

Michael Kerjman

From the very beginning, this movie has captured me with casualty of reality slowly dismantled on a screen. During a few days I watched this work twice trying to grasp a hidden guilt Georges carries upon his life, such a mark of Cain, explaining the threatening intrigue. It is clear stated on this page, a future length is 118min as a Reg-4 A$ 29.95 DVD disk is 112 minutes only, and these six minute gap perhaps makes a significant difference for comprehending the story of a successful grown up delusive racial abuser info from various movie-reviewing sites provides. Superb acting and unpredictability of developments allow leaving any logic of a story outside its script.