Monday, March 10, 2008

Caché (2005)

I was very disappointed in Caché. Throughout the film, you feel that it is building up to some grand conclusion but then is just piffles out into nothing. Daniel Auteuil stars as Georges Laurent, a wealthy television host of some kind of literary talk show. When he starts receiving strange video's at his door that show hours of surveillance on his home he starts fearing for the safety of himself and his family. Georges and his wife Anne (Juliette Binoche) go to the police, but the police are not concerned until this stalker proves to be dangerous. The tapes start becoming more frequent, and an anonymous caller keeps calling Anne asking for Georges, but the police still do nothing. On the third tape Georges thinks he has figured out who is sending the tapes, and goes to the suspect’s home for a visit. The gentleman is someone Georges knew as a child, someone who may feel that he was treated unfairly by Georges and out for revenge but there is never closure on the subject. There is also a tape of Georges confronting the man that is sent to his wife and his employer, which makes you think that it could be blackmail, but they never really go into depth on the subject and it is dropped without any real explanation. The acting is quite good, and at times there is a fair amount of suspense but the suspense never amounts to anything. Normally I don’t have a problem with films that go unresolved, but Caché just left me feeling completely unfulfilled. I suppose if anything can be said of Caché it is that it is an interesting look into the lives of people who feel endangered. I don't think it's really a film worth watching, it's certainly not terrible but it's not particularly good either. Overall 2.0/4 Stars Grade = C

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