Funny Games

Categories: Horror, Thrillers, Festivals
1hr 44min | 1997
Written and directed by German-born Michael Haneke, FUNNY GAMES combines thriller conventions "with a number of Brechtian devices that catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times).

A succession of "sadistic, insufferable, clever and relentlessly compelling" (David Sterritt, Film Scouts) games between victims and perpetrators -- and between auteur and spectator -- Funny Games opens with an aerial shot of an SUV maneuvering through an idyllic landscape. Inside the vehicle, Anna, Georg and their son Georgie play a guessing game en route to their lakeside vacation home.

But a soporific rural escape rapidly turns into a home-invasion nightmare as Paul and Peter break into their house, claiming to be neighbors' relatives. Young and articulate, the serial-killer duo of Peter and Paul inexplicably imprison this upper class Austrian family, irrationally switching from physical assaults to moments of emotional harassment and vicious psychological tortures.

"This beautifully acted and paced German variant of Cape Fear" (Holden, The New York Times) is one of Michael Haneke's most acclaimed portrayals of unspeakable, and ever unjustifiable, acts of violence.

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Topics: Cannes Film Festival, Violence, Torture, Psycho, Youth, Family, Vacations, Killers
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Larry Sailors
Larry Sailors
September 23, 2014
C-
Russell Bunn
Russell Bunn
August 27, 2014
A
wow
Zhibo Wang
Zhibo Wang
May 19, 2014
Great film
Manik Bambha
Manik Bambha
May 19, 2014
A
Eric Pruitt
Eric Pruitt
January 28, 2014
A+
maryanne rice
maryanne rice
January 25, 2014
A+
Randy Bell
Randy Bell
January 11, 2014
D+
Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth Miller
January 6, 2014
A+
mayanspacecadet
mayanspacecadet
December 18, 2013
B
Mitchell Schwartz
Mitchell Schwartz
December 5, 2013
B+