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France, Austria, Germany · 2005
Rated R · 1h 57m
Director Michael Haneke
Starring Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Annie Girardot, Bernard Le Coq
Genre Mystery, Drama, Thriller

Georges and Anne are a well-off French couple with a nice house, loving friends, and a caring teenage son. But when a series of videotapes appears on their front porch, they are terrified. Beside their terror for their lives, an even deeper fear emerges: the footage may shatter any illusion of nicety that they thought they had in their lives.

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The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

To some degree, “Hidden” is a cat-and-mouse thriller, the only problem being that mouse and cat insist on swapping roles.


Newsweek by David Ansen

This brilliantly disturbing movie is constructed with surgical precision. Haneke lets no one off the hook least of all the viewer.


Variety by Deborah Young

A tightly plotted and paced thriller whose not-so-hidden agenda is to expose the bad conscience of the world's haves toward its have-nots, "Hidden" is one of Austrian helmer Michael Haneke's most watchable and pungent works.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

The eerily timely subject of Haneke's film is France's unwilling encounter with the disenfranchised minorities it has tried to sweep under the rug. As one who giggled through his widely admired, irredeemably silly "The Piano Teacher," I wasn't prepared to be easily won over by Caché, but it turns out to be his most human and affecting movie to date.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

This brilliant if unpleasant puzzle without a solution about surveillance and various kinds of denial finds writer-director Michael Haneke near the top of his game, though it's not a game everyone will want to play.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

Haneke echoes the theme of Hitchcock's "Rear Window": Moviemaking is basically an act of voyeurism. We secretly examine people's lives in every movie. But in this one, there is a hidden camera, a movie within the movie as it were, forcing us to observe a character along side a mysterious stranger.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The picture moves with stealth, enjoying its own thriller-ness as hints are laid and mislaid. There's a sense that Hitchcock is hovering in the background and cheering for Auteuil, who musters all his French superstardom to play a man having his mask of blandness torn off.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Binoche and Auteuil are both quietly sensational in their fracturing personae, but the film is Haneke's premier postmodern assault--less visceral, perhaps, than "Code Unknown" and the criminally underappreciated "Time of the Wolf," but more thoughtful and, in the end, deeper in the afterplay.


Time by Richard Corliss

We the viewers are its beneficiaries, watching and waiting for something awful to happen. Here it does, first subtly, then spectacularly. The twist is not revealed until the last shot--if you keep your avid eyes open.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

On a deeper level, Haneke tries to reach for political allegory on the French-Algerian War, but the film functions best as a perfectly calibrated thriller, perhaps his most accessible to date.

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