“The tape runs for another hour, if you want to watch how he feels.”
A French domestic thriller/ drama by Austrian-German director Michael Haneke, Hidden (known as Cache everywhere except the UK and Ireland) became one of my favourite films during my university years. With themes related to class, race and even the history of French colonisation, it was also one of the first films that taught me how effectively the medium could be used to subtly communicate messages about almost anything; and just how much you could find if you looked hard enough. This is certainly a film all about ‘looking’.
Starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche as a bourgeois husband and wife who find themselves the target of mysterious video tapes made by someone who is seemingly watching their every move, this film quickly became one of the most talked about European cinema releases when it debuted back in 2005. Its director, Haneke, has since gone on to win the Palme d’Or twice in three years – with The White Ribbon in 2009 and Amour in 2012 – and is now one of the most respected industry names. But Hidden is still my film of preference from his acclaimed filmography.
There really isn’t much more I can say now without spoiling what I guarantee will be one of your more memorable recent viewing experiences. Place Hidden/ Cache near the top of your watch list if you haven’t yet seen it, and with a little patience, you may find it makes you look at films differently as well.