07Mar12 – 9 – Caché (Michael Haneke: 2005)
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Esse est percipi, quipped jolly Bishop Berkeley, which in the case of CACHÉ (2005) might be Englished as “to be is to be watched”. I went into CACHÉ without having any real knowledge of the plot other than “affluent Parisian couple receive anonymous videotape surveillance of the outside of their house; other videos are sent; escalating paranoia” or words to that effect.
Well. It was absolutely clear from the first 20 seconds that this movie requires rapt attention and focus, so I gave it my all and caught a number (4, possibly 5) of anomalies that seemed to point in the direction of a solution. So I read the two Roger Ebert pieces linked to at IMDb and was proud that I caught both of clues that Ebert points out (one during his second viewing of the film, the other after his third) plus an additional 2 and maybe 3 others. So I watched the movie again and confirmed the 4 but am still uncertain about the 5th. So maybe I’ll watch it again, later, but noting here that I tend to grow less enchanted with mysteries and thrillers on repeated viewings if the whodunnit aspect is really the only thing interesting about it.