The best thing about Michael Haneke's latest is the way it draws on very contemporary fears without ever mentioning them. It's not a biological weapon that arrives on the doorstep of Georges and Anne Laurent (French superstars Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche), but a videotape, seemingly filmed from a static camera just outside their house -- a camera that, judging by the footage, Georges walked right past without noticing. The tape itself isn't that intimidating. But then another one comes, wrapped in what appears to be a child's drawing of someone spitting up blood. Anonymous phone calls are received, and Georges and Anne's 12-year-old son (Lester Makedonsky) gets a similar blood-spitting drawing delivered to him at school. Subsequent videotapes showcase Georges' childhood home, then a totally new location. To say more about why the film works would be to risk revealing too much. Not knowing is what makes people afraid, and not knowing where Haneke is going is a large part of what works.
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Producer: Veit Heiduschka
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Maurice BÃ©nichou, Annie Girardot, Lester Makedonsky, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir, Daniel Duval, Nathalie Richard and Denis PodalydÃ¨s