Notable DVD Releases: Cache, Syriana

Urban paranoia and secrets revealed in Cache

Cache – Michael Haneke’s (The Piano Teacher, Code Unknown) latest focuses on a family under survellience. Which is fitting, because his films tend to have a fly on the wall feel to them, as if the images transmitted are from a security camera console with no one in the room. There’s no judgement or interpretation of his subjects behavior. Just life as a statement of fact. Besides employing long takes as a way of giving the scenes room to breathe, and the viewier opportunity to fully digest and make their own interpretations, Haneke is not so concerned with tying all aspects of the story up in a pretty bow. So beware if you can’t stand to have some questions left up to audience to answer.

Anne and Georges Laurent (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche), a well to do French couple, receive an anonymous videotape, a 2 hour long static shot taken from across the street of their home. Soon more videotapes, phone calls, and strange notes arrive which besides implying danger to his family, reveal parts of Georges life that he would rather stay buried. While attempting to track down his mystery man, his disclosed secrets begin to unravel his family life. French – Subtitles. 118 minutes. Features making of doc, and director interview. View the trailer

Syriana – After teaming up with Stephen Soderbergh on Traffic, and winning an Oscar for best screenplay adaptation, Stephen Gaghan takes to the directors chair for the first time in this piece about oil, terrorism, and men of excess and powerful means. Mirroring the visual style of Traffic, and incorporating multiple storylines running across the U.S. and the Middle East to dizzying effect. Matt Damon and George Clooney and among the film’s stars, but they are just spokes in the wheel, along with the rest of the ensemble cast, taking a backseat to a story whose multiple layers manage to engross you and confuse you at times as to who is doing what to whom, and why. Just as to outline the causes and repercussions of our foreign interests in black and white certainties would be to trivialize the complexities that we find ourselves in, here and abroad. As Roger Ebert wrote about Syriana, “The more you describe it, the more you miss the point. It is not a linear progression from problem to solution. It is all problem. The audience enjoys the process, not the progress. We’re like athletes who get so wrapped up in the game we forget about the score.” 128 minutes. Includes making of featurettes. View the trailer


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