Topics: Period - 1910s.
Aroview: Michael Haneke’s intellectual rigour is paired with a mesmerising sociological drama in this award-winning exploration of the roots of fascism in rural Germany, on the eve of World War One.
Shot in penetrating black and white, Haneke’s unerring, if at times didactic style of filmmaking is, perhaps for the first time in his career, tempered in the name of classical storytelling, and the result is an exemplary period piece handled evenly across a cast of richly formed characters, whose isolated village begins to give rise to a number of mysterious, violent incidents. Fans of the director’s more transgressive works certainly won’t find this a compromise though, and will be rewarded with the same provocations and themes, only couched in a way that impressed both the Cannes festival jury, and conservative Academy Award members. (The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film eventually went to THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES.)
Average rating (Exceptional). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) Haneke does it again with this knockabout comedy involving misunderstandings over a pet budgie, an hilarious family get-together and the origins of national socialism. What a hoot! ~The Myrka
4 stars (Very Good) ~Anon
5 stars (Exceptional) My favourite Haneke movie so far, defiantly a must see movie. ~Satanico Pandemonium
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