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Movie Review – Caché (2005 – France)

Updated on July 18, 2012

Too much cleverness, not enough story

Subtlety in storytelling is a challenging art. Give your audience too much, and it becomes trite. Too little, and it’s confusing. Way too little, and it’s just annoying. Caché is an attempt to push that delicate balance to its limitation and—regrettably—it doesn't work. Confusing quickly morphs into boring, then into a sort of repressed rage at the storyteller and—by extension—the characters in this most pretentious of pictures.

Adding to the viewer's disconnect from the material is the at first intriguing idea that we often don’t know if we are watching "real" events inside the story, or a videotape of past events. As I said, "at first intriguing". It doesn’t hold up well when mined over and over again, and adds only a further sense of claustrophobia and alienation to an already-unsettling film experience.



Decide for yourself right now:

Watch the trailer for Cache:

If it looks like they're sitting around doing nothing, you now understand the whole movie


Why not watch a good mystery instead?

I really disliked this movie, which I stuck with right through the ending—an ending even more overly-subtle than the rest of it. I saw this movie with two close friends, however, people I like and respect. One found it interesting but unsatisfying, the other really enjoyed it, so—as is always the case with reviews—this is only my opinion, yours may vary greatly. However, there are so many enjoyable, insightful, genuinely wonderful movies available that it seems wasteful to spend time on one as deeply flawed as this one.

Not recommended for anyone except perhaps the deeply masochistic.

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at

Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 57 min.

Directed By: Michael Haneke

Written By: Michael Haneke

In Theaters: Dec 23, 2005 Limited

On DVD: Jun 27, 2006

Box Office: $3.5M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics


Daniel Auteuil - Georges

Juliette Binoche - Anne

Lester Makedonsky - Pierrot

Maurice Bénichou - Majid

Annie Girardot - Georges' Mother

Bernard Le Coq - Editor

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      If you've seen this movie I'd really enjoy hearing your opinion of it--please write a comment to let me know what you think!

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Thanks for the kid words! My review may have been colored by my having heard, repeatedly, how great Cache is, and how much I was going to love it, etc etc. Then I rented it and thought--wait a minute--is this the right movie? Because this is managing to be both boring and baffling, which is not easy to accomplish. The ending wasn't the worst part for me, it was feeling manipulated by the movie-within-a-movie schtick. By the way, I enjoy your articles very much as well!

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      thatmovieguy71 5 years ago

      I would agree with your one friend who found it to be interesting, but a little unsatisfying. Personally, I like endings that make you guess a bit, so this ending didn't bother me as much. Great review! I enjoy your writing!