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On the surface it is that familiar thriller where strangers terrorize a family.
But really it is about how you, the viewer, are complicit in on-screen violence. This is the film's priority and it is not afraid to abandon its original, more traditional plot line - however bizarrely - whenever it feels right to emphasize this.
Remember. All these horrible things are happening because you won't switch off. Overly violent films only get made because people keep paying to go and see them.
The skill of the director of Funny Games is that he makes his point without resorting to hardly any on screen violence, unlike many of the films he parodying.
I strongly recommend this film but be warned - it is not a "date movie". See it on your own because it is impossible to know how people will react to it. If you like this film your friends may think you are SICK. You are not. But Funny Games brings home to you just how many films are.
The storyline is sort of a hybrid of THE DESPERATE HOURS and CAPE FEAR, with two very Aryan-looking young men invading the summer cottage of an upper-middle-class family of three and sadistically playing "funny games" with them. But there's much more than the surface story at work here ... Haneke has some clever tricks up his sleeve when it comes to exercising his total control over the "rules" that the movie plays by. He keeps the audience off-balance by repeatedly violating movie conventions and confounding conditioned expectations as to how events will unfold.
Amazingly, there's only ONE act of on-screen violence in the entire movie ... and it's a classic example of the 100% acceptable, "justifiable" sort that American audiences so crave and Hollywood so obligingly provides on a regular basis. But just as your "rush" kicks in, Haneke pulls the carpet out from underneath you with one of his sleight-of-hand tricks, flip-flopping your pleasure into an equivalent amount of pain. And as for the RESULTS of the OFF-screen violence ... well, you're on your own.Read more ›
This is a whole other realm thats never been touched... At least not to this severity.. Ive seen many horror/psychological terror films and after watching the likes of Maniac or Gummo I didnt think anything could outdo it, but this beats them all. Gummo was disturbing but it had no merit to it; this film has more to it than the sadistic violence and ''funny games'' the characters play. Ive never seen anything like this. The director takes a more original approach, during the film the killers actually look and talk to the camera at times, not often; but they even play the ''games'' with the audience.
Plot- a couple, their child and dog go to their vacation home. Soon after that the couple is visited by a pair of clean cut young men who soon turn ruthless and brutal. When they first introduce themselves they look like normal polite people, but when one comes over to the house asking to ''borrow eggs'' you know something is coming., You just dont know when and you are anticipating when this guy is going to lose it. You keep rooting for the victims as the film drags on, hoping that somehow they will make it..at least one of them. It goes on and on, the games dont stop, not even at the end.
This film is cruel, brutal, cold, radical, provocative with unbelievable psychological games and horror. A real eye-opener. Its not a family movie of course, it's something you would want to watch alone or in the company of someone very open-minded.Read more ›
HANEKE has made an offensive film, but it is not exploitative, graphically violent or has nudity or any other taboo element that would automatically make a film offensive. The topic of this film is Sociopaths who perform very intrusive antisocial behaviour on a family that is spending their holiday by a house near a lake. Two sociopaths entire their lives and proceed to violate their privacy and standards of community morals. This starts off by being very subtle at first in a scene depicting a man knocking on the door looking for eggs. The slow build up is extreme and you end up hating the "bad guys" for their stupidity and down-right selfish and ignorant behaviour. The film then becomes more extreme and the pair's anti-social behaviour develops into taking advantage of the family, abuse and even murder.Read more ›
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I'm actually a horror buff, so I'm pretty desensitized. But this film was disturbing, because you really feel for the family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Droogs
Michael Haneke is a brilliant filmmaker and this is one of his best works, right up there with the Piano Teacher. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jamie Balnave
For those who love movies like "Them" (a French "intruder" horror film), "The Strangers" (an American remake of "Them"), & "Almost Human"... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ryan