Monday, 8 May 2006

Hidden meaning

Saw French arthouse thriller Hidden (a.k.a. Caché) last night at the Rialto, and apparently I'm amongst the two-thirds of people who've seen it and who "completely missed the crucial piece of visual information" in the last scene -- and the many more who did see it but like me still don't have a clue what it means. See discussion here, for example, and here. (Warning, contains spoilers.)

Call me stupid, but I still don't know whodunnit and why. But I sure want to. If anyone can just slip me the answer, I'd be most grateful.
LINKS: Update: Caché's meaning - Left Behinds
Caché - Wikipedia
Official Caché website - Sony Classics
TAGS: Films


  1. The audience dunnit.

    There's two aspects to this film. First is the political comment - and here the film expresses a common left-wing view - terrorisom is caused by the West. An odd view but very common nontheless.

    The second aspect is a play on the rules of cinema. The camera within the story cannot possibly have been placed by any of the characters within the film. It has been placed by the director - so is outside the story, but still with in the film. So that places the audience as the originator of the watching and complicit with the events within the film.

    Some of my friends believe that this is just a comment on the nature of film but I think that it is just another part of the first aspect above. Terrorism has been "constructed" just like the central character constructs a TV interview thru editing.

  2. Yep, I think that's the only thing that makes sense, which is a little disappointing -- too much like a deus ex machina for mine.

    But I'm still not sure how that last scene fits in then?

  3. Agreed about the last scene. If it weren't for that, I'd buy the idea that Haneke took a non-realist approach. But why include such an intriguing final detail unless the internal logic of the film includes a solution to the whodunit?

    (p.s., thanks for linking to our discussion)


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