Mineshaft Gap

It's a screening log, no more no less. Maybe I'll have something interesting to say one of these days...


**Major spoilers follow**

Cache is an utterly brilliant, haunting and affecting piece of moviemaking. Haneke builds and maintains such a palpable tension that it left me more scared than any horror film I have seen.

It's visual trickery and audacity make me want to singe Haneke's praises to anyone I can find. What he does here with point of view and implicating the viewer in the proceedings constantly keeps you off track. As it steadily reveals the frightening past of Georges and in turn all of France(and perhaps all of the western world), we learn all we need to know and are still left with questions.

The last shot is much discussed, but most average viewers are coming at it completly wrong. Trying to decide logically if the sons were behind it all along, or if there is an explanation of who sent the tapes is a fallicy. Michael Haneke sent those tapes, to make both the audience and the viewer aware of their forgotten misdeeds. After the final shots of Georges trying to sleep away his guilt followed by the young Madjid's fate, we kno all we need to about the fates of the fathers. So in the last shot Haneke asks one last question: What of the sons? Is the final shot redemptive, showing how the next generation can learn from the last's mistakes? Is it threatening, is it by chance?

The answer is not what Haneke is after, he simply wants you to ask the question.

Current 2005 Top 10:
1. Cache
2. A History of Violence
3. The New World
4. The Squid and the Whale
Grizzly Man
6. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
7. Match Point
8. The Devil's Rejects
9. Broken Flowers
Brokeback Mountain

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