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Cache was unbelievable from start to finish
on June 30, 2007
I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about. Instead of "gripped" like many people seem to have been, I was simply bored by the long, seemingly interminable shots in the film and I kept screaming to myself "edit, edit!" Yes, I know, I of course saw where the director was going with the analogy to the War in Algeria and French guilt and responsibility (or refusal to take responsibility). All fine and dandy. But that isn't a reason to drag out the scenes; it isn't a reason to make 90% of people's reactions to everything totally unbelievable. This is the kind of film that fifteen years ago would have been titled an "art" film... slow moving, pretentious, and determined to prove that less is more.
A number of viewers said that this was the director's most accessible film. Hardly, I saw `La Pianiste' (The Piano Teacher) months ago and was amazed at the performances, the horror of the story, and the brilliance of it. I didn't realize until after I had seen `Caché' that it was by the same director. `La Pianiste' totally fascinated me from start to finish. Hidden is the operative word for this one, also frustrating would be a substitute. But undoubtedly it is well acted by the excellent Daniel Auteuil and beautiful Juliette Binoche perhaps looking less glamorous than usual, in her housewife part. There is one scene in Cache that is guaranteed to make you at least flinch, and probably do more. I only watched to the end to see "who done it," only to find that the ending is so vague.
`Cache' deviously has a clever plot, which breaks new ground in some ways, and some real instant shock scenes. But stimulation of the senses is not what this movie is about. It's stimulation of your mind that this film has encountered us to do. At least the story has been told.