in about 100 words or less
Austria 109m, Colour
Director: Michael Haneke; Cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Stefan Clapczynski
A dreadfully dark film about two sadistic young men who torture and kill a wealthy family that they hold hostage. This is a horrific feature that plays with conventions of voyeurism and violence in horror movies and demands the audience’s participation. The result is an excruciating viewing experience which suggests that this type of pointless violence, that is often portrayed in recent “horror” films, is not, and should not, be an entertaining experience (Klaus Ming November 2015).
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