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Year: 2005
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot, Lester Makedonsky, Bernard Le Coq, Daniel Duval, Nathalie Richard, Denis Podalydes, Walid Afkir, A´ssa Ma´ga, Caroline Baehr, Christian Benedetti, Philippe Besson, Lo´c Brabant, Paule Dare, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Annette Faure, Hugo Flamigni, Peter Stephan Jungk, Diouc Koma, Marie Kremer, Nicky Marbot, Malik Nait Djoudi, Marie-Christine Orry, Mazarine Pingeot, Julie Recoing, Karla Suarez, Laurent Suire, Jean Teule, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Barbara Contini
Director: Michael Haneke
Countries: France / Austria / Germany / Italy
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 118 mins
USA Rated: R for brief strong violence
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong violence
USA Release Date: 23 December 2005 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 27 January 2006

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Michael Haneke returns with his fourth French language film, HIDDEN, which follows THE PIANO TEACHER, CODE UNKNOWN and TIME OF THE WOLF. It was by general consensus the most impressive film in Cannes 2005.

HIDDEN is an intense, unsettling tale that lays bare the soul of a family, exploring the themes of guilt, trust, responsibility and paranoia. It is a story of a comfortable, middle class family life that is suddenly turned upside down.

Georges (Auteuil), who hosts a popular TV literary review show and his wife Anne (Binoche) who works in the publishing business, begin to receive packages containing videos of themselves and their son Pierrot - shot secretly from the street - and alarming drawings whose meaning is obscure.

At first, Georges 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 and Georges too comes to believe that he knows the perpetrator. 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...

Curiously and tellingly he refuses to share this knowledge with his wife, indeed he even tries to hide it. As the film progresses, the family's personal drama begins almost imperceptibly to turn in a different direction.

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