Retrospektive

Michael Haneke


CACHÉ, like all of my films, is about communication, about the difficulties of communication. (Michael Haneke)

The unsettling is Michael Haneke’s terrain. His protagonists are neglected children, bored teenagers, couples at a loss for words, or families weary of life. All of them feel estranged in their own skin and dissociated from their environment. They always appear a little abashed and out of countenance. Often Haneke takes these alienated characters to the edge of the bearable. His camera observes their stubborn inward-lookingness as calmly as the moment when they cannot sustain their own numbness anymore and fly off the handle.