cinema of cruelty.Funny Games, first made in German (1997) and later in English (2008), tells of the torturing of a family by a pair of sadistic young men. Among his best-known works is the French-language Caché (2005), in which a videotape detailing a couple's activities appears on their doorstep daily, leading eventually to destruction and death. Haneke's other films in French include The Piano Teacher (2001), Time of the Wolf (2003), and the Golden Globe–winning The White Ribbon (2009). Amour (2012, Academy Award) is uncharacteristically affectionate, but completely unsentimental, as it shows a cultivated and loving Parisian couple enduring aging's miseries and life's end.
See R. Grundmann, A Companion to Michael Haneke (2010); studies by C. Wheatley (2009), P. Brunette (2010), B. Price and J. D. Rhodes, ed. (2010), O. C. Speck (2010), and D. E. Russell (2011).
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