I saw Funny Games. My sister told me about it - she said that she had no real idea what it was about when she rented it, but watched it, and told me - 'Don't watch it. It'll upset you- DONT WATCH IT!
So I decided not to watch it, but when I was in the video store browsing, I saw it and told the guy what my sister had said, that it was violent and upsetting and I think he thought I meant gory - so he said, 'It's not really gory...no...it's pretty interesting really - if you don't like it - you don't have to watch it - turn it off - but he said- 'I really liked it.'
So I got it. And Jesus - was it upsetting - but fascinating in such an odd way that I watched it twice to catch all the nuances.
Like the scenes with the neighbors - when they're in the front yard as the main couple are driving through the neighborhood - and when they walk over and the older male neighbor introduces the other guy as a 'family friends' son', etc.
The white gloves - why didn't she get freaked out at that?
I thought the whole sense of something being slightly off kilter and the very suble dissonance in the opening scenes helped build the sense of foreboding really masterfully.
And there's just enough doubt involved to keep you watching because you don't know what's gonna happen- and you do keep hoping - at least I did.
The scene with the little boy and the tv - STUNNING. I couldn't contain myself- literally - I thought the acting was incredible - especially by the father.
And then the last scene, when what happens to the mom happens - again- you just sit there, shaking your head, unbelieving of what you've just seen, but knowing that really, she was probably relieved to be honest...
As upsetting as it was - I thought it was fascinating. There really are people like that in the world.
The only other movie I've ever seen that was as forcefully and psychologically upsetting to me was 'The Stepfather.' I watched that in the theatre and there's a scene where the bad guy kills a good guy by beating him to death with a two by four, really just business like and purposefully, and I sobbed out loud with every blow. The guy I was with (on a date) was like, 'Jesus- are you alright?'
I can't explain it - it was like I was watching someone get beat to death in real life. I didn't sleep at all that night. I searched around the tv until I found Brian's Song playing at about three oclock in the morning, and that finally took my mind off it long enough so that I didn't see that beating scene on my eyelids everytime I closed my eyes, and I could fall asleep.
I felt sort of psychologically assaulted - the whole thing about misplaced trust and the deception of loved ones by someone who was supposed to love and care for the people he attacked.
Funny Games was like that too - terrifying in its depiction of such evil taking place in such ordinary surroundings to ordinary people, and the presentation of death as an event - without all the noise and gore and fanfare was really so powerful.
The silence of the aftermath said it all.