Really one of the most bizarre films ever made (and quite possibly the greatest!)
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The ending of the film is tragic, but the nature of that tragedy has been widely misunderstood: not the death of André (who is not a tragic figure) but the final entrapment of Christine, led back into the château as a prisoner, not of her husband but of the “rules of the game.”
Another addition to the series of new films that try to integrate “art-house” aesthetics/vibe with popular cinema and and appropriate them for mass audience. The same way that Ghost Story wanted to implement Tsai+Malick into a film that’s shown in AMC and Regal, this film rips off a whole bunch of films -from Tarkovsky (both Solaris and Stalker) to recent films like Under the Skin, as well as Twin Peaks: The Return ( If I saw this correctly, the eyeless…
Never has a Haneke film been so self-referential: everything from The Seventh Continent and Benny’s Video to Cache and [explicitly] Amour, are referenced on some level and in some form, and this self-awareness isn’t just on a superficial level of reference to other films, but it takes the form of humor in this film, -which needless to say is extremely rare in Haneke’s cinema- it’s as if Haneke knows we can hardly be shocked anymore, that we have been far…