Funny Games

Director/Writer:Michael Haneke
Director of Photography:Jürgen Jürges
Editor:Andreas Prochaska
Music:George Frideric Handel, Pietro Mascagni, W.A. Mozart and John Zorn
Production Designer:Chrisoph Kanter
Producer:Veit Heiduschka
Attitude Films; NR; 103 minutes
Cast:Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Stefan Clapczynski, Doris Kunstmann, Chrisoph Bantzer, Wolfgang Glück, Susanne Meneghel and Monka von Zallinger
In German with English subtitles

This dark tale about a vacationing family that is taken hostage, humiliated and tortured, purports to be an objection to cinematic violence. Haneke tries to break the spell of voyeuristic violence by having his villains (Frisch, Giering) look directly into the camera during particularly frightening moments. But it's all more sadistic than enlightening. Brilliant performances from a solid cast, however.