A succession of sadistic games between victims and perpetrators (and between auteur and spectator) FUNNY GAMES opens with an aerial shot of an SUV maneuvering through an idyllic landscape. Inside the vehicle, Anna (Susanne Lothar, THE PIANO TEACHER), Georg (Ulrich Mühe, THE LIVES OF OTHERS) and their son Georgie play a guessing game en route to their lakeside vacation home. But a soporific rural escape rapidly turns into a home-invasion nightmare as Paul (Arno Frisch, BENNY'S VIDEO) and Peter (Frank Giering) break into their house, claiming to be neighbors' relatives. Young and articulate, the serial-killer duo of Peter and Paul inexplicably imprison this upper class Austrian family, irrationally switching from physical assaults to moments of emotional harassment and vicious psychological tortures.
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What will horrify you most about this film is it could happen to anybody, even you. How could you deny a clean-cut, innocent looking guy and close friend of your neighbor four lousy eggs? I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this uncomforting experience finding the film disturbing, comical and cleverly written. We examine a devious game the pair of menacing preppies plot on a really nice functional family, thus turning their happy little vacation into a torturous living hell. Ingenious filmmaking and so unsettling I needed to take break in order and muster-up more courage to see it all the way through. This is what I call a pitch-black comedy, a perfect watch for seekers of dark entertainment. Well done Michael Heneke--this was fun!
Possibly the most terrifying film I have ever seen. Relentless, disturbing and disturbed. It had the psychological effect on this viewer which can only be likened to stripping off several layers of paint...with a broken metal scraper...rather than with the ease of turpentine. Proceed with caution, sensitive friends. The layers of safety you have imagined around yourselves are about to be forcibly removed.