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Funny Games

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When Anna, George and their son Schorschi arrive at their lakeside villa for a week's holiday, their idyll doesn't last long. While father and son sail the lake in their yacht, Anna is asked by a neighbour's houseguests for a handful of eggs. But the neat, educated appearance of these young men betrays their sinister intentions, and Anna starts to realise they play games. Cat-and-mouse games. Hidden director Michael Haneke's harrowing vision of emotional terror and psychopathic violence is one of the most chilling ever made—a thriller that will take you beyond terror, beyond suspense, beyond evil...

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"It is impossible to have a neutral opinion about the Austrian thriller Funny Games--a movie so relentless in its ability to shock that it gained pariah status on the film festival circuit in 1997. In the warped tradition of A Clockwork Orange, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and Blue Velvet, this is a film--directed with electrifying audacity by Munich-born Michael Haneke--that addresses the controversy of screen violence by making the viewer as guilty as the Leopold and Loeb-like killers who terrorize a young family of three during their summer vacation. They arrive as friendly neighbors, seducing the family with phony congeniality, but soon Funny Games reveals its devious strategy, turning savage and appalling... and completely captivating for those who can endure the terror. There's actually less violence than you'd see in a typical American horror flick such as Scream, but Haneke's forceful staging effectively fulfills his agenda of viewer complicity; we vividly experience this doomed family's fate and feel helpless to save them. So helpless, in fact, that Haneke dares to offer a hint of respite by giving a victim the upper hand, only to "replay" the same scene with the darkest of outcomes. Funny Games is guaranteed to outrage some viewers with its manipulative schemes, but there's no denying the film's visceral impact, generated by Haneke's expert handling of a superior cast. Don't even think of allowing anyone under age 17 to watch this film; all others should proceed with caution." --Jeff Shannon
Release date NZ
June 14th, 2007
Length (Minutes)
104
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Language
German
Subtitles
English
Director
Studio
Country of Production
  • Austria
Genre
  • Horror
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
UPC
9322225055445
Product ID
1541606

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