Funny Games

Funny Games

(2007)

Naomi Watts and Tim Roth star as a picture perfect couple on a lakeside vacation with their son. Their idyllic life is shattered when a pair of polite yet psychopathic house guests announce themselves. Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher) literally returns to his old stomping ground in this shot-for-shot remake of his incendiary 1997 classic Funny Games. The home-invasion plot and its attendant brutalisation are used to turn the tables on the viewer, taunting our appetite for on-screen sadism as vicarious entertainment.

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  • Funny Games, Michael Haneke's first English-language film - and a compulsively faithful replica of his notorious 1997 German-language feature of the same title - subjects its viewers to a long spectacle of wanton and gratuitous brutality. Full Review

  • As the film progresses, it becomes painfully clear there's no real point to the story; what we're witnessing is a cool, intellectual exercise, as devoid of character and motivation as the two psychos themselves. Full Review

  • I would absolutely defend Haneke's right to relaunch his broadside on our voyeuristic vices, but he's not keeping up with the times; he's behind them. Full Review