The Killing of a Sacred Deer
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Happy End
A Ghost Story
Battle of the Sexes
Vreemd spelletje

FUNNY GAMES U.S.

Verenigde Staten/Frankrijk/Groot-Brittannië/Italië/Oostenrijk/Duitsland, 2007 | Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke maakte een remake van zijn schandaalsucces funny games. In Amerika. Met Amerikaanse sterren. Bijna shot voor shot. Is dat anders of hetzelfde als het origineel?

Waarom? Dat is de enige vraag die op de lippen ligt bij de verschijning van de shot-for-shot-remake van Michael Hanekes eigen funny games uit 1997. Waarom moest deze film gemaakt worden? Antwoord: omdat Amerikanen geen ondertitels willen lezen. De film had net zo goed alleen Amerikaans gedubd kunnen worden, maar dan zag Oostenrijk er weer niet Amerikaans genoeg uit. Haneke zag altijd al de relatie met filmland Amerika, met hun grondwettelijke obsessie met geweld, en de schoolmeester in hem leek het een prima les. Eindelijk geen catharsis. Dat zal ze leren. Volkomen terecht. Maar waarom hier uitbrengen? funny games u.s. is een product puur voor de Amerikaanse markt. Haneke — of iemand anders — had moeten voorkomen dat hij ook hier in Europa werd uitgebracht. Of spelen we een flauw spelletje? Zoek de tien verschillen? In dat geval doe ik niet mee. Hierbij een woord voor woord remake van een eerdere recensie, van de oorspronkelijke film, ditmaal, speciaal voor de Amerikanen, in hun eigen taal:

One happy family, father George (Tim Roth), mother Ann (Naomi Watts) and son-dear Georgie (Devon Gearheart), are making their way to a holiday home nearby a lake. While passing Tebaldi, Gigli and Handel they kill their time in the car by playing a game of guessing the titles of the classical music. The idyllic situation is somewhat sinister and the game that is being played will prove to be prequel to a much more macabre game.
Haneke skillfully plays with the codes of a cape fear-like thriller, yet also changes these codes along the way. In the end only a single clue for the motive of the violent behavior is provided. The murderous teenagers Peter and Paul (Brady Corbet and Michael Pitt) happen to be true fans of Beavis & Butthead and Tom & Jerry. Which brings us back to the good old idea that violent movies generate violent action. Who doesn't remember the upheaval about the two English boys that killed the three year old toddler James Bulger? All was to be blamed by the tabloids on the movie child's play which acclaimedly inspired the boys. All blunt guesses, since there was never any proof to back up the case. funny games is, just like the James Bulger-case, mainly interesting as a starting point for a discussion about whether or not you agree with Haneke's moralism towards media and violence. This bloody discussion may now start once again.
By presenting us with funny games Haneke has created a thriller, yet at the same time he decavates the genre completely. While violence escalates, the unannounced visitors blink into the lens of the camera and thereby involve the viewer in their game. And Haneke doesn't treat the consequences of the violent acts lightly. By portraying violence in a non-glamorous way and shifting the attention from the terrorists to the victims, funny games throws an almost paralysing quality upon its viewers.

Nou, niet bij mij. Opgewarmd lijk? Nee, dank u.
Tijd voor een verse Michael Haneke.

Mike Naafs



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FUNNY GAMES U.S.

Mei 2008 #299

Productie
Chris Coen
Regie en scenario
Michael Haneke
Camera
Darius Khondji
Montage
Monika Willi
Art direction
Hinju Kim
Met
Tim Roth
Naomi Watts
Devon Gearheart
Michael Pitt
Brady Corbet

Kleur, 111 minuten

Distributie
Cinéart Nederland
Te zien
vanaf 29 mei

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F

F FOR FAKE
LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMÉLIE POULAIN
Faccia a faccia
FACE
The Face of an Angel
The Face of Love
FACE/OFF
FACES
Facing Mirrors
FACTORY GIRL
FACTOTUM
THE FACULTY
Fading Gigolo
FADOS
FAIL SAFE
FAILURE TO LAUNCH
FAIR GAME (Andrew Sipes)
FAIR GAME (Doug Liman)
Fair Wind (Fahrtwind)
FAIRUZ — WE HIELDEN ZOVEEL VAN MEKAAR
FAIRY TALE — A TRUE STORY
Faith Connections
FAITHFUL
FAITHLESS
FALCONE
FALKENBERG FAREWELL
THE FALL
FALL TIME
FALLEN
FALLEN ANGELS
A Fallible Girl
FALLING DOWN
DIE FÄLSCHER
FAME
FAMILIA RODANTE
FAMILIE
De familie Slim
FAMILIEGEHEIM
Familieweekend
La famille Bélier
A Family
FAMILY
A Family Affair
The Family Fang
FAMILY FILES
THE FAMILY MAN
A Family Quartet
THE FAN
FANFAN LA TULIPE
FANNY & ALEXANDER
FANTASIA 2000
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Four (Josh Trank)
FANTASTIC FOUR (Tim Story)
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Les fantômes d'Ismaël
FAR AND AWAY
FAR FROM HEAVEN
Far from the Madding Crowd
FAREWELL
FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE
The Farewell Party
A Farewell to Arms
FARGO
FARINELLI, IL CASTRATO
Fashion Chicks
FAST & FURIOUS
FAST & FURIOUS 5
Fast & Furious 7
Fast & Furious 8
Fast and Furious 6
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
FAST AND THE FURIOUS 3
FAST FOOD FAST WOMEN
Fata morgana
Fataal (Jesse Bleekemolen over)
FATAL REACTION: BOMBAY
FATAL REACTION: NEW YORK
FATAL REACTION: SINGAPORE
FATELESS
FATHER AND SON (OTETS I SIN)
FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART 2
FATHER'S DAY
FATHERLAND
The Fault in Our Stars
Faust (Aleksander Sokoerov)
FAUST (F.W. Murnau)
FAUST (LECKE FAUST)
FEAR
Fear and Desire
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
THE FEAR INSIDE ME
FEARLESS (Peter Weir)
FEARLESS (Ronny Yu)
Fedora
FEEL THE NOISE
FEELING MINNESOTA
FEESTJE!
FELICE...FELICE...
FELICIA'S JOURNEY
Félicité
Félix & Meira
FÉLIX ET LOLA
FELLINI DVD-BOX
FEMALE PERVERSIONS
LA FEMME DE GILLES
FEMME FATALE
LES FEMMES DE 6ÈME ETAGE
LES FEMMES... OU LES ENFANTS D'ABORD
Fences
FERIEN
FERNGULLY, THE LAST RAINFOREST
FESTEN
FESTIVAL EXPRESS
Feuchtgebiete
Feuten: het feestje
FEVER PITCH
A Few Best Men
A FEW GOOD MEN
FEW OF US
Le fidèle
Fidelio
A Field in England
FIERCE CREATURES
Fietsen naar de maan
FIETSMUG & DANSMUG
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
The Fifth Estate
FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades of Black
Fifty Shades of Grey
FIGHT CLUB
THE FIGHTER
FIGHTING
Fighting fish
THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS
FIGNER, THE END OF A SILENT CENTURY
LE FIL DE L'HORIZON
Fill the Void
LA FILLE D'ARTAGNAN
La fille de Brest
LA FILLE DE L'AIR
LA FILLE DU RER
La fille inconnu
LA FILLE SUR LE PONT
LES FILLES DU BOTANISTE
A Film About Coffee
FILM IST. A GIRL & A GUN
A FILM WITH ME IN IT
FILMPJE!
THE FILMS OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY
THE FILMS OF JEAN ROLLIN
THE FILMS OF KENNETH ANGER VOLUME TWO
LE FILS
Le fils de Jean
Le fils de l'autre
LE FILS DE L'EPICIER
THE FILTH AND THE FURY
FIN AOÛT, DÉBUT SEPTEMBRE
THE FINAL CURTAIN
THE FINAL DESTINATION
FINAL DESTINATION
FINAL DESTINATION 2
FINAL DESTINATION 3
Final Destination 5 3D
FINAL FANTASY VII
FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN
Final Portrait
FIND ME GUILTY
Finding Dory
FINDING FORRESTER
FINDING NEMO
Finding Nemo 3D
FINDING NEVERLAND
THE FINE ART OF LOVE
Fine, Thanks (Dakujem, dobre)
The Finest Hours
LA FINESTRA DI FRONTE
Finn
IL FIORE DELLE MILLE E UNA NOTTE
FIORILE
FIRE
FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN
FIREWALL
THE FIRM (Alan Clarke)
THE FIRM (Sydney Pollack)
FIRST KILL
FIRST KNIGHT
FIRST MISSION
FIRST STRIKE
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
THE FISH FALL IN LOVE
FISH TANK
Fissa
Fist Fight
Five Came Back
FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN
THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS
THE FIVE SENSES
The Five-Year Engagement
FIXING IN THE SHADOW
FL 19,99
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO
Flandres
DE FLAT
Flatliners
FLAWLESS
FLED
LA FLEUR DU MAL
UN FLIC
Flight
FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
FLIGHTPLAN
THE FLINTSTONES
THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS
FLIPPER
FLIRT (Hal Hartley)
FLIRT (Jaap van Eyck)
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
Flits & het magische huis 3D
FLOATING LIFE
THE FLOCK
FLODDER 3
Florence Foster Jenkins
FLORIS
FLUBBER
FLUSHED AWAY
FLY AWAY HOME
Flypaper
Focus (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa)
FOCUS (Neal Slavin)
FOEKSIA DE MINIHEKS
THE FOG
THE FOG OF WAR
La folie Almayer
FOLIE PRIVÉE
FOLLOWING
FONS RADEMAKERS DVD-BOX
FOOL'S GOLD
Footloose
Footnote
FOR FUN
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
FOR MY BABY
FOR ROSEANNA
For Those in Peril
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
THE FORBIDDEN QUEST
The Forbidden Room (Previously Unreleased)
FORCE OF EVIL
FORCES OF NATURE
FOREIGN LAND
The Foreigner
The Forest
FOREVER
FOREVER FEVER
FOREVER YOUNG
Forget Me Not
FORGET PARIS
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
The Forgiveness of Blood
FORGOTTEN SILVER
THE FORGOTTEN SPACE
Formula 1
FORREST GUMP
FORTRESS
FORTY GUNS
The Founder
THE FOUNTAIN
THE FOUNTAINHEAD
FOUR BROTHERS
FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
FOUR EYED MONSTERS
THE FOUR FEATHERS
Four Lions
FOUR ROOMS
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
FOURBI
THE FOX AND THE CHILD
Foxcatcher
Foxfire
FRACTURE
FRAGILE
FRAILTY
LA FRANCE
Frances Ha
Francofonia
FRANÇOIS OZON DVD-BOX
Frank (Lenny Abrahamson over)
FRANK CAPRA COLLECTION
FRANK ZAPPA: PHASE II — THE BIG NOTE
Frankenweenie
Franny
FRANS ZWARTJES, THE GREAT CINEMA MAGICIAN
Frantz
Die Frau des Polizisten
FRAUDS
FREAKY FRIDAY
FRED CLAUS
FREDDY THE FROG
FREDDY VS. JASON
Free Birds
Free Fire
Free in Deed
Free Range (Retrospectief Veiko Õunpuu)
Free State of Jones
FREE WILLY
FREE WILLY 2
FREEDOM
FREEDOM WRITERS
Freeheld
DER FREIE WILLE
DIE FREMDE
FRENCH KISS
FREQUENCY
FRESA Y CHOCOLATE
FRESH
FRESH AIR
FRIDA
FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)
FRIENDS
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Friends with Benefits
Friends with Kids
Fright Night
THE FRIGHTENERS
DIE FRISEUSE
Frits & Franky
FRITZ LANG COLLECTION
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
FROM HELL
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG
FROST/NIXON
FROWNLAND
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)
FROZEN (Wang Xiaoshuai)
The Frozen Ground
FROZEN LAND
FROZEN RIVER
Frozen Sing-A-Long
Fruitvale Station
FUCKING ÅMÅL
FUDOH
THE FUGITIVE
DE FÛKE
Fukushima, mon amour
Full Contact
FULL FRONTAL
THE FULL MONTY
FUN WITH DICK AND JANE
THE FUNERAL
FUNNY BONES
FUNNY GAMES U.S.
FUNNY HA HA
FUNNY PEOPLE
Fuocoammare
FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS
THE FURIES
Fury
The Fury of a Patient Man
The Future
Il futuro