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Cache

Year: 2006
Studio: Les Films du Losange
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Hironobu Sakaguchi
Cast: Juliette Binoche
You really take a risk seeing arthouse foreign films. Sometimes the story has good aim and hits you right where you feel it and you take in the whole experience grateful that there's something more cerebral in the world than the trademark Hollywood lack of subtlety.

Just as often, an arthouse release takes aim with the same intentions and goes straight over the top of your head, making you feel like the stereotypical stupidest person in the theatre because you just didn't get it.

Cache deals with a professional married couple with a young child in Paris who start receiving videotapes in the mail, taken of their house for hours on end, from right across the street.

Hardly a picture-perfect couple, they have their own sniping and secrets to deal with as they try to get the bottom of a Hitchcockian mystery.

But this is no Hitchcock and the film has loftier intentions than just telling you the answer to the mystery. As time goes on, it reveals several clues or at least signposts to what's going on, but drops them all and finishes midstream on absolutely nothing, with no resolution and no point that I - as the stupidest person in the cinema - could see.

That's not filmmaking to me. I want to be told a story.

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