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Funny Games (1997 film)

★ Funny Games (1997 film)

Funny games-1997 Austrian psychological Thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke starring: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe and Arno Frisch. The plot involves two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them with sadistic games in their country house. The film was entered in Cannes film festival in 1997. The remake removed and installed in the United States was released in 2007, also staged by Haneke, this time in a different composition and mostly American crew.


1. The plot. (Сюжет)

Rich family - Georg, his wife Anna, their son Georgie, and their dog rolfi - arriving at their holiday home on the shore of a lake in Austria. They see their neighbor Fred accompanied by two young Viennese men whom they do not recognize. Fred introduces the men as the apostles Peter and Paul, one of which says, Fred is the son of a friend.

Shortly after the family settled in, Peter and Paul begin to impose themselves on the family to be polite. First, Peter asks to borrow some eggs, which he constantly breaks down, supposedly by accident, also destroying the family phone with his apparent clumsiness. In the end, a frustrated Anna demands that the men leave, asking George to eject them from the premises. Peter breaks Georgia up with their Golf club while Paul shows that he was killed by Rolf, and the two men take the family hostage. Shortly thereafter, a neighbor of the eve, in the company of several friends, arrives at the family dock on the boat. Paul accompanies Anna to greet them. Anna lies, saying that Paul is a friend of the family, and says that George is resting, pulling the muscles when setting up the boat. Anna tells eve the family can come over after dinner.

Over the next few hours, Peter and Paul, the theme of family in a sadistic game Paul requires Anna to remove her dress, after Peter says he does not want to have sex with her. Then Paul covers Georgies head in a pillowcase, but Georgie in the end flees to the house of Freddie, which he considers to be empty. Paul chases after him, cornering him in the house. Georgie tries to shoot him with a shotgun, but finds a gun without bullets. Paul George returns home, bringing the shotgun with him.

Paul asks if the family wants to bet whether they will still be alive at 9:00 the next morning, though he doubts that they will win. Between playing their games, the two men to maintain a constant tramping, and Paul frequently ridicules Peters weight and lack of intelligence. He relates contradictory stories about the past Peters. There is no unequivocal explanation for the origin of people or explanation offered. After a few games, Peter plays a counting game between the family members and shoots Georgie while Paul makes sandwiches in the kitchen. Then both intruders to leave.

George and Ann weep for their loss, but eventually resolve to survive. Anna flees the house while George, with a broken leg, trying to fix a defective phone. Anna tries to find help, but eventually Peter and Paul appears to take her back to the house. They kill Georg and Anna on the familys boat early in the morning. Around 8:00, Paul casually throws the bound Anna into the water to drown, thus winning the bet. Soon after, men come to the house to Evas and knock on the door, asking for some eggs.


2. Topics. (Темы)

The film frequently blurs the line between fiction and reality, especially highlighting the act of observation. The character Paul breaks the fourth wall throughout the film and addresses the camera in different directions. As he directs Anna to look for her dead dog, he turns, winks and smirks at the camera. When he asks the family to bet at survival, he turns to the camera and asks the audience whether they are the same bet. At the end of the movie, when requesting eggs from a neighboring family, he looks at the camera and grins again. Only Paul breaks the fourth wall in the film, when Peter refers to the formulaic rules of traditional movie suspense throughout the film.

Paul also frequently States his intentions to follow the standards of movie plot development. When he asks the audience to bet, he realizes that the audience wants the family to win. After the killer disappears in the third act, Paul later explains that he had to give the victims a chance to escape, otherwise it will not be dramatic. Towards the end of the movie, he postpones killing the rest of the family because the movie has not yet released a full-length. Throughout the film, Paul shows awareness of audience expectations.

However, Paul also causes the film to go against Convention in a number of cases. In thrillers, one hero that the audience can sympathize with, usually survives, but here all three family members die. When Anna successfully shoots Peter, as you can start heroic rescue for the family, Paul uses a remote control to rewind the film and prevent its action. After Peter shoots Georgie, Paul scolds him for the murder of the first child, because it is contrary to the Convention and limits the suspense for the rest of the film. At the end of the film, the murderers prevent Anna from using a knife in the boat to get her out of bonds. Previously, the major pointed out the location of the knives as a possible setup for the final act to protect you, but it will be a distraction. At the end of the film, Paul again smirks triumphantly at the audience. As a conscious nature, he is able to go against the viewers wishes and make himself the winner of the film.

After the murder of Anna, Peter and Paul argue about the line between reality and fiction. Paul believes that a fiction that is observed is just as real as everything else, but Peter rejects this idea. Unlike Paul, Peter never shows an awareness that he is in the film.

Haneke claims that the whole movie wasnt conceived as a horror film. He says he wanted to make a message about violence in the media, making it incredibly violent, but otherwise pointless movie. He wrote a short essay showing how he felt on the matter, titled "Violence media". The essay is included as a Chapter in the book companion by Michael Haneke.

Scientist film Brigitte Peucker argues that the feature film "attack the audience", adding: "on the surface, Fun games seem to illustrate what Steven princes the idea of responsible movie. but, through modernist strategies such as direct gaze out of the frame, it establishes a connection between the films of the audience and the killers, described in her narrative. It is, therefore, aggressive - not to say sadistic - a posture toward his audience."


3. Production. (Производство)

Haneke wanted to make a film in the United States, but also for practical reasons, he had to set it in Austria.

After the 2007 American remake of Director Michael Haneke uses the same house including props and tones, Robert Koehler, film Director and screenwriter wrote that it "proves that if he uses a large operator Jurgen Jurges 1997 version or the Great Darius Khondji for the new film by Michael Haneke at the root of your operator has a significant control over all watch his movies."


4. Critical response. (Критическая реакция)

Austrian critics have argued that he intended to subvert the genre country and its values, which the bourgeois and on the basis of the house. European and English-language critics, according to Robert Koehler, film Director and screenwriter, "generally set their criticism against the background of the American horror film, the film was undermining" and "expressed mild forms of resentment along with admiration." In an interview, filmmaker and critic Jacques rivette made his dissatisfaction clear film, calling it "disgraceful", "disgusting", and "sucks." When first shown at the Cannes film festival in 1997, one third of the audience was at the end of the film.

On rotten tomatoes the film has a approval rating of 67% based on reviews from 33 critics, with an average rating of 6.9 / 10. Sites critical of the state of consent: "scenes of violence and blunt audience provocation make up this nihilistic experiment from one of cinema harder for filmmakers". On Metacritic the film has a score of 69 oout of 100 based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Varietys David Rooney wrote: "the film is shocking and upsetting, but never truly gets under the skin, as this kind of material often. Whatever reservations dictated by Hanekes approach, his direction is controlled and sharp." Rooney criticized the length of the film, saying that "outstays its welcome and is more than a little bit knowing its manipulation of standard audience expectations for the genre."


5. Soundtrack. (Саундтрек)

  • "Rimini caring, Ombre Beate" George Frideric Handel ("Римини забота, омбре Беата" Георга Фридриха Генделя) - Beniamino Gigli, from Atalanta.
  • "Hellraiser" John Zorn ("Восставший Из Ада" Джон Зорн) - naked city from album Grand Guignol.
  • "Dunce" John Zorn ("Балбес" Джона Зорна) - naked city from album Grand Guignol.
  • "Quintet for clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello in a major" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Hagen Quartet & Eduard Brunner.
  • "Tu qui Santuzza" by Pietro Mascagni from the Opera "Cavalleria Rusticana".

6. The American remake. (Американский ремейк)

The American remake of the same name was released in 2007. It stars Tim Roth, Michael pitt, Brady Corbet and Naomi watts, as well as a writer and Director Michael Haneke.

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