Michael Haneke has made a number of films that are some of the most profound meditations on violence put into cinematic form.
None of Haneke’s films make easy viewing. These aren’t Hitchcock films nor are they the typical Tarantino-style pulp much adored by the New York Times readership, which at my age I largely find boring and predictable. Haneke’s films are far more disturbing than anything I’ve seen come out of Hollywood in years.
Haneke’s films aren’t designed as gratuitous thrill rides and the violence in them is far more chilling than any of the camp productions regularly ground out by Hollywood’s formulaic and repetitive action (slash) horror films.
Funny Games, 1997
The Seventh Continent, 1989, based on a true story of an Austrian family that committed suicide.
The White Ribbon, 2009
Benny’s Video, 1992
Time of the Wolf, 2003
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, 1994
The Piano Teacher, 2001