Michael Hanekeâs most notorious provocation, Funny Games
spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. In a series of escalating âgames,â the sadistic duo subject their victims to unspeakable physical and psychological torture over the course of a night. A home-invasion thriller in which the genreâs threat of bloodshed is made stomach-churningly real, the film ratchets up shocks even as its executioners interrupt the action to address the audience, drawing queasy attention to the way that cinema milks pleasure from pain and stokes our appetite for atrocity. With this controversial treatise on violence and entertainment, Haneke issued a summation of his cinematic philosophy, implicating his audience in a spectacle of unbearable cruelty.
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- New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath
- Press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Michael Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich MÃ¼he
- An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri