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Caché | 2005 | R | - 6.6.5

Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil star as a couple that's too busy to spend much time together, until they begin to receive videotapes apparently filmed by someone who is stalking them. Neither has any idea who the stalker is, although as the footage becomes more personal, they begin to think that he has known them for a while. In trying to solve the mystery, many other secrets are uncovered. Also with Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot and Lester Makedonsky. Directed by Michael Haneke. In French with English subtitles. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man removes his robe to go to bed (alone) and his bare buttocks, chest, abdomen and legs are visible and although in heavy shadow his genitals are also visible.
 A man consoles a woman and kisses her hand. A boy seems to suspect his mother of being unfaithful to his father and her husband.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man slits his own throat, and blood spurts when the blade cuts the carotid artery; we see the wound open, and blood also sprays on the wall behind him and pools under his body after he collapses (we see this same scene several times).
 A man talks about an incident when hundreds of people drowned and many children lost their parents.
 A man describes a young boy killing a rooster by cutting its head off after being coerced to do so -- we see the scene play out, blood sprays on the boy's face, and the rooster flaps around on the ground with no head; the boy with the axe approaches another boy, raises the axe over him, and the scene ends).
 We see a boy with blood on his mouth and chin in a few scenes and we hear him coughing.
 A man steps out into a street and is nearly struck by a young man on a bicycle; they yell at each other and nearly get into a fight. A boy is led out of a house toward a car, the boy pulls away and runs, he is chased by a man and a woman, he's taken back to the car and forced inside (he is being taken to an orphanage).
 A young man approaches a man, and the man seems threatened by him. A husband and wife panic when their son does not come home and they do not have any idea where he is. A man answers the door but no one is there.
 A man talks about a dog dying after being struck by a car. We see several line drawings of a person spitting blood from his mouth. A husband and wife talk about finding something suspicious in a plastic bag on their porch that turns out to be a videotape shot by someone who is apparently stalking them.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 7 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, moron, stupid, dumb, pig-headed), 1 religious exclamation.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Refugees, jealousy, adoption, orphanages, blackmail, revenge, secrets, suicide, guilt, infidelity, puberty, stalking, suspicion, trust, kidnapping, loneliness, desperation, disappointment.

MESSAGE - We can never escape the deeds of our past.

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