With 'The Ides of March' on the way, a state of the filmpolitik union
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7. “Caché” (Michael Haneke, 2005)
The title of Haneke’s indelible conversation piece, of course, translates as “hidden.” It’s an appropriate term for a film that folds its oblique political stance on France’s post-colonial social legacy into more immediate domestic concerns – revolving around the anonymous terrorization, via videotape, of Parisian literati Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. Even before their current-day plight is coolly linked to the 1961 Paris massacre of pro-liberation Algerians, however, it essays issues of class, security and media influence that are far less culturally specific, and point to the creeping presence of politics even in our most everyday fears.