What if someone is watching and documenting every day of your life ? That is the question Haneke poses through this slow-paced exercise of watching the troubles which commence when a family discovers that someone is taping the exterior of their house and even private conversations, every single day.
Haneke weaves a web of lies and flashbacks around us which leaves us transfixed towards the screen throughout the movie, without any regard to its slow-pacing. The monotonousness of the composition of the shots establishes an everlasting dread about the nature of the events that transpire in front of us. Is this a tape or is this really happening ? The non presence of a background score further accentuates the tension of the movie.
Much credit for the brutal realism of this movie goes to the brilliant performances. Daniel Auteuil appears as an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Juliette Binoche’s beauty and acting is a work of nature, and her performance here further builds up my case of her being one of the greatest actresses of all time.
What Haneke demands us to introspect is that even the most respectful of human beings have skeletons in their closet. The characters in Cache have nothing to hide, yet when these seemingly harmless tapes surface, they do fear. Of the horrors of the past we leave behind with no trail to link them back to us, those horrors we pretend to forget about and lead a normal life. Yet, there is no denial that they haunt every human being and the characters in Cache are no exceptions. The tapes are just the stimulus and hold no value.
Yet, where it succeeds as a drama, Cache fails as a mystery. If you had no knowledge about its end, I inform you that it is an incomplete one. It leaves you the job to draw out the conclusions based on the information given. To be honest to you, I was enraged by this, for I don’t know what else qualifies as artistic fraud. A movie justifies its ending. In a movie like Inception to say, it had left me with enough answers about all questions of importance, leaving me with only a query which even if unanswered would not take the essence out of the movie. When the credits rolled in Inception, I knew in my heart that Christopher Nolan knew what actually happened. When the credits rolled in Cache, I doubted if I knew more than Haneke.
RATING :- 5.5 / 10
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