In French with English Subtitles
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche,
Maurice Benichou, and Annie Girardot
RunTime: 1 hr 58 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films & Festive
Official Website: http://www.festivefilms.com/hidden
Opening Day: 16 Feb 2006
Georges, who hosts a TV literary review, receives packages
containing videos of himself with his family - shot secretly
from the street - and alarming drawings whose meaning is obscure.
He has no idea who may be sending them. Gradually, the footage
on the tapes becomes more personal, suggesting that the sender
has known Georges for some time. Georges feels a sense of
menace hanging over him and his family but, as no direct threat
has been made, the police refuse to help...
Georges who host a TV literary review, receives packages and
anonymous phone calls from someone who is filming his daily
live through a video camera and sending it to him. The videotapes
are also sent to him in disturbing little packages with drawings
of blood spurting out from a boy and a chicken with its neck
cut off. Georges filed a police report however the police
refuse to help as no real harm done to Georges and his family.
The opening of the movie spool up typesetting effects of words
filling up the screen with names and credits covering the
scene of the movie, after which the movie starts with Georges
played by Daniel Auteuil and Anne Laurent by Juliette Binoche,
discussing about the contents video tape which was send to
them, from the view of it, it also seems like the video was
filmed just across the next street. Both of them were looking
fairly closely to the screen scrutinizing the videotape for
any suspicious character that might be videotaping them.
Ten minutes into the movie, after Georges finishes one of
his TV literary review, his wife Anne gave him a called with
much anxiety that a second videotape have been send to them.
What frightens and terrorist Georges more was the children
drawing containing the videotape, the drawing reflects a boy
spurting blood from his mouth. Without any hesitation Georges
and Anne proceed to file a police report pertaining to the
videotape which he have received.
Further into the movie, Georges was more disturbed as he was
being filmed with him driving his car back to his old house.
He was seen walking through a corridor, step into Majid little
home, confronting and threatening him about those tapes which
he have receives. Majid was supposed to be adopted by his
parents many years back, however due to certain circumstances
it did not happen and Majid was deprived of a proper education.
Little did Georges realize that the confrontation would do
him more harm than good since the whole scene was filmed and
send to his superior? It was certain that the person who is
carrying out these pranks is out to wreck and destroy his
raising career as a TV Literary Host. Should the tape fall
into the wrong hands that would definitely be the end of Georges
As Georges and Anne were constantly fighting, worrying about
the culprit who is videotaping them little did they realized
that their son Perriot was not home. Georges as usual was
paranoid and certain that their son was kidnapped by Majid
went to filed a second police report with hopes that the videotape
and the kidnapped was done by the same person linking it together
as one case, he was furiously disappointed as the police only
intended to handle the kidnapped case as a separate issue.
Majid and his son were brought in for questioning as suspects.
It was until the next morning, his son Perriot returned home.
Relieve that Perriot was home safe both he and Anne went upon
their daily life. Until one fine day, Majid gave Georges a
call wanting him to come over to his home to explain the videotapes
to Georges. It came as a shock to Georges that Majid just
wanted him to witness his suicide, before slitting his throat
he told Georges “ I want you to be present” after
which he slits through his own neck and died in front of Georges.
Sending Georges down a spiral of confusion.
Hidden is quite a confusing movie, with scenes flashing past
constantly and the changing of scenes from one another, without
further clarification on the previous scene. There were also
constant backs flashing of Georges past, which further confuse
the movie. The filmed began with a punch yet it ended without
one. It left the audiences no clue who was the one who filmed
the videotaped neither did it clarify about Georges childhood
days as to why Majid was not adopted. For those who came with
high expectation to watch HIDDEN will be fairly disappointed.
This was supposed to be one of those better movies since it
won the Best Director award from the Cannes Film Festival
2005. However, efforts by Daniel and Juliette were worth praises
as both of them as leads in this movie put up a splendid performances
with great character and emotional acting.
a thought provoking movie, yet it failed to bring the best
out of it)
by Angela Tay