Friday, October 1, 2010

October Challenge Film #1

 Funny Games (1997, Michael Haneke) - 108 min.

All I can say is, wow, what a brilliantly brutal and intriguing film.  Funny Games dwells on the misery of a family being tortured by a pair of deranged teens.  This is especially shown by camerawork.  In many scenes, the camera completely ignores the antagonist, even if he is speaking, focusing instead on the anguish in the faces of the victims.  One shot in particular, after an incredibly heart-breaking event, is uncomfortably long, making the audience focus intently on the victims as they react to this event.  The film itself is also an indictment of the audience.  Throughout the film, the antagonists break the fourth wall, and directly address the audience.  They question the audience's motives in watching the film, implying that the viewers are enjoying the awful events of the film.

All in all, this is one of the most interesting horror films I have seen.  It really makes you rethink what it means to watch a movie, and what part the audience plays in it.


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