CACHÉ
2005, Sony Pictures Classics, 117 min, France, Dir: Michael Haneke

TV host Daniel Auteuil's already strained marriage to Juliette Binoche gets even more tense when they start receiving surveillance tapes revealing that someone is recording their private lives. Auteuil's investigation into the source of the videos leads him on a troubling journey into his own past - and, in ace director Michael Haneke's hands, into the nature of denial in all its forms. A chilling, one-of-a-kind masterpiece. In French with English subtitles.


DIABOLIQUE
1955, Janus Films, 110 min, France, Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot

One of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, DIABOLIQUE focuses on the browbeaten wife (Vera Clouzot) of a brutal schoolmaster and his tough-as-nails mistress (Simone Signoret) as they team up to murder their mutual tormentor. But that’s only the beginning of this edge-of-your-seat affair, a twisting, turning shocker that still holds up today as one of the all-time classics of suspense. Legend has it that Clouzot beat Hitchcock to the punch by only an hour in sewing up rights to the original novel by Pierre Boileau. With sardonic Charles Vanel as the poker-faced inspector. In French with English subtitles.


BLUE VELVET
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 120 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

Squeaky-clean suburbanite Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) gets a crash course in the dark side of life when he stumbles upon a severed ear in a field near his home. Before his amateur investigation is over, he encounters kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, Isabella Rossellini as a tormented torch singer and Dennis Hopper as one of the scariest villains in film history. Director David Lynch combines Hitchcockian suspense, surrealist imagery and a Hardy Boys plot to create a one-of-a-kind Grimm's fairy tale for adults. Laura Dern and Dean Stockwell costar.


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