Aroview: Michael Haneke’s disturbing, self-reflexive examination of violence, and violence as entertainment, in which two young men dressed in tennis apparel, get their kicks by holding a wealthy family to ransom in their remote holiday retreat.
The kind of gruelling, confrontational cinema that can be exhilarating because you know it isn’t the work of a cheap hack – the director is like a mad yet fiercely intelligent professor who takes private pleasure in sadistic experiments while demonstrating it immorality. Whether his academic objectives are justifiable or not is a moot point, but it’s harder to argue his skill as a master manipulator and genuine courage as an artist.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) ~Zembla
4 stars (Very Good) Funny? Ha ha. Here academic detachment, with the odd stunning fourth-wall break, underlines our complicity in on-screen cruelty: we don't HAVE to watch, and yet... Pretentious, maybe, but distinctly bold and unsettling. ~fairbrother
3 stars (Good Enough) Seen this two or three times now without liking it but I suppose that is a credit to the filmmaker. ~tubbs
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