keywords: Michael Haneke

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Lady Macbeth of Northumberland

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 June 2017
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    Catherine arrives a new bride, with husband Alexander, to take up residence in his luxurious rural home. Quickly we get a sense of how little control she has over her destiny. Alexander demands she remain inside the house at all times; when one evening she wishes to go to bed early, her father-in-law orders her to remain awake for her husband. In the life of the household, she is merely an attractive object. Yet like her Shakespearean forebear, she is not averse to manipulation and violence in pursuit of her goals.

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    How an advertiser toppled a dictator

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 April 2013

    Pinochet's supporters are, with good reason, banking on the populace's fear and willingness to maintain the status quo. Enter brash young advertising executive René Saavedra. His rusted-on socialist colleagues are at first aghast but gradually persuaded by his conviction that rather than wallowing in negativity, they should be selling optimism.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love and euthanasia

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 February 2013
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    There are moments that highlight the misery of Anne's condition, the slights rendered against her dignity. She awakens in a puddle of brown urine; labours excruciatingly over every syllable she speaks, but is misunderstood; howls in pain as she is showered. Her husband can do little but tend dutifully to her needs. Is it enough?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Child abuse fable

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 May 2010
    5 Comments

    The pastor terrifies and humiliates his adolescent son with tall tales about a painful and fatal illness that can be contracted through masturbation. We are led to believe such secret acts of parental abuse lay at the core of the more public crimes that occur in the village.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film implicates audience in acts of cruelty

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 11 September 2008
    3 Comments

    The previous films of director Michael Haneke depict a media-saturated society disconnected from reality. His latest release is a critique of 'violence as entertainment', and every audience member is implicated.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hidden

    • Donald Russell
    • 29 May 2006

    Donald Russell reviews Hidden, a harrowing film from acclaimed French director Michael Haneke that examines racism, voyeurism and a too-comfortable middle-class family.  

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