France (Michael Haneke) Movies on DVD
Provocative filmmaker Michael Haneke explores the desensitization of society from the monotony of television images in this chilling film, which follows the seemingly mundane activities of a range of everyday characters whose fates collide with shocking inevitability. Gabriel Cosmin Urdes, Lukas Miko, and Anne Bennent star. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; interview. In German with English subtitles.
Octogenarian music teachers Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant had settled into a deservedly comfortable retirement within their Paris apartment. When she suffers a debilitating stroke, however, he is faced with the reality of having to cope alone with her inevitable decline. Michael Haneke's affecting winner of the Best Foreign Film Academy Award co-stars Isabelle Huppert, William Shimell, Alexandre Tharaud. 127 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital 5.0; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.
The tragic dissociation of 14-year-old Benny (Arno Frisch) from any trace of human conscience is the chilling journey chronicled by this grueling drama from director Michael Haneke. Ignored by his wealthy parents, Benny secludes himself in his bedroom with loud rock and violent videotapes. After Benny murders a girl he brings to his room to watch graphic footage of a pig slaughter, his parents' reaction lays the groundwork for even more disturbing events. Angela Winkler, Ulrich Muhe also star. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; interview. In German with English subtitles.
The acclaimed and suspense-laden dramatic thriller from writer/director Michael Haneke follows TV talk show host Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and his wife (Juliette Binoche), whose placid and comfortable life in Paris with their 12-year-old son is upended when the family begins receiving unsettling drawings and videotapes taken outside their home. When the anonymous voyeur leaves further evidence suggesting an intimate knowledge of Georges' past, the family becomes more desperate to solve the mystery. 118 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital 5.0; Subtitles: English, Spanish; documentary; behind-the-scenes footage. In French with English subtitles.
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke's ("Funny Games") multi-layered look at personal and racial conflicts in the new Europe follows a variety of Paris residents through a string of incidents--from a subway encounter to a tussle with the police--as their lives intersect. Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Ona Lu Yenke star. 113 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.
An affluent family's vacation at their lakeside summer home is shattered by the arrival of two handsome and seemingly polite young men whose increasingly hostile and brutal actions intimidate and endanger their hosts. Disturbing, at times surreal look at the nature of violence, which director Michael Haneke remade in the U.S. in 2007, stars Frank Giering, Ulrich Muhe. 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; interview; theatrical trailer. In German with English subtitles.
Franz Kafka's nightmarish world is brought to life in director/screenwriter Michael Haneke's adaptation of the author's unfinished novel. When land surveyor K. (Ulrich Muhe) arrives in a village neighboring the castle where he has been invited to work, he becomes increasingly disturbed and paranoid over how greatly everyone surrounding him appears alienated from his identity and purpose. Susanne Lothar, Frank Giering co-star. 123 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; filmography; photo gallery. In German with English subtitles.
Seven-disc boxed set includes "The Seventh Continent," "Benny's Video," "71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance," "The Castle" (1997), "Funny Games," "Code Unknown," and "The Piano Teacher."
Director Michael Haneke's adaptation of the novel by Elfriede Jelinek follows the disturbing descent into madness of a middle-aged, sexually repressed piano instructor (Isabelle Huppert), as her experiments with voyeurism and self-mutilation lead to an eventual affair with an attractive young student who mistakes her insanity for affection. With Benoit Magimel, Annie Girardot, Udo Samel. 125 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; interview; theatrical trailer. In French with English subtitles.
An unsettling drama from German director Michael Haneke, detailing three years in the life of a seemingly normal, middle-class family. As time moves on, the grind of life wears thin and eventually leads them into emotional despair. Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner star. 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German; Subtitles: English; interview. In German with English subtitles.
Writer/director Michael Haneke ("Funny Games") sets his latest unnerving drama inside a small German village in the years immediately preceding the First World War, a peaceful hamlet where a series of bizarre and violent events sets the inhabitants on edge. Grim mistrust takes hold as the townsfolk attempt to continue their normal lives and discovery of the malefactors proves maddeningly elusive. Ulrich Tukur, Christian Friedel, and Leonie Benesch star. 144 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English. In German with English subtitles.