Funny Games

Word has it that controversial director Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Caché) simply remade his original 1997 shockfest shot by shot. But who cares? The original Funny Games is hands-down one of the most disturbing films ever made; and if this one has Naomi Watts in the lead we’re, well, game. With the story of a bourgeois family who, while vacationing at their lake home, are attacked by a pair of young men clad in what appear to be Wimbledon tennis outfits, Haneke managed not only to raise the tension, ever so slowly, to unbearable levels; he also made us, the audience, feel culpable. The ’97 version is a masterpiece and possibly the worst date movie ever. The remake promises to be equally unsettling.

Lagoon Cinema, 612-825-6006.






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