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What's Hidden? Just the Truth.
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written by talltale July 3, 2006 - 10:01 AM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
CACHE ("Hidden") is the rare film that, after watching the writer/director's commentary, I realized I appreciated more than I'd originally thought. Like so much of Michael Haneke's work, the film is cool and distanced (lots of medium-to-far ranging shots that can keep many viewers somewhat out of the loop). As usual, though, the subject matter--what to do about guilt?--is important, and Haneke's handling of it uncompromising, while the performances are strong enough to sustain the occasional melodramatic touch.

The guilt here is both individual and national, sometimes implied/suspected but often explicit. Class and race raise their unpleasant heads, and all--finally--is left hanging mid-air. A number of possibilities/answers may occur to you, none of which can be assured. Haneke is very good with psychology and character, and--as he mentions in the interview--he tends to enter the scene late and leave it early. For some, this will frustrate; others will appreciate the subtlety and rise to his challenge. The director also talks about how difficult it is to know "the truth." I suspect that many older viewers, those now looking back and trying to piece their life together in some understandable fashion, will be nodding their head in assent.

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