This utterly compelling psychological thriller from Michael Haneke - one of cinema's most daring original and controversial directors - stars Daniel Auteuil as Georges, a television presenter who begins to receive mysterious and alarming packages containing covertly filmed videos of himself and his family. To the mounting consternation of Georges and his wife (Juliette Binoche) the footage on the tapes - which arrive wrapped in drawings of disturbingly violent images - becomes increasingly personal, and sinister anonymous phone calls are made. Convinced he knows the identity of the person responsible, Georges embarks on a rash and impulsive course of action that throws up some unpleasant facts about his past and leads to shockingly unexpected consequences.
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I got this DVD with expectations set high. This has always rated highly in film of the year reviews and I've enjoyed watching Daniel Auteil films before as he's a top actor. The film builds slowly and the suspense does rack up and the acting is top notch, it leads up to one prety shocking act of violence and then leads an ambigious ending. A lot of this film is about French colonial guilt and perhaps a wider understanding of French / Algerian conflict would have helped - or perhaps I should watch it again and see what I missed.
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