Funny Games

Synopsis: Two seemingly well-educated young men, who call each other Paul and Peter among other names, approach a family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbors, and, at the beginning, their true intentions are not known, but soon, the family is imprisoned and tortured in its own house violently, which the viewers are forced mostly to imagine and to share a certain complicity with the criminals. It might be some kind of game with the lives of husband, wife, son, and dog, but why are they doing it?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Michael Haneke
Production: Attitude Films
  4 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min



Almost. Bjorling is easy.



It's my turn now.

- Don't look!

- But I'm not looking.

Did Daddy look?

Is that true?

Oh, God!


That's obvious!

But what's the piece?

Never heard it!

Is it new?

Seems to be.

Well, darling?

I'd say Handel.

Right. But what is it?

No idea!


I give up. What is it?

Three-two to me!

So, what is it?

Now get your hands off!

Just listen!

That's cheating!


It's cheating to be practicing.

We've booked for 10:00

tomorrow morning. You are coming?

Yes, sure.

We'll put the boat in the water first.

Can you give us a hand?

Let's say, in 20 minutes?

Sure! Yes, I'll be there in 20 minutes.

Okay. Thanks.

See you in a tick.

What's up with him?

No idea.

He seems in a huff.

She didn't say a word.

Who did you arrange

to play with tomorrow?



The day before.


Nothing. She was totally normal.

Sissi isn't there.

Maybe she was just in the house.

Or at the beach.

Who were the two laddies?

How should I know?

They're probably relatives.

I think his brother has a son that age.

Don't put that there!

Take your things upstairs!


Do it now!

Don't leave things in the entrance,

or someone will trip over.

There's still so much left in the car.

Are you listening?

I'm going!

Open the windows, will you.

We need to let some air in.

Okay, Mom!

Stop it, Rolfi! Stop it!

Go on, get down!

I have to unpack!

Go on, get out!

- Georg?

- Yes?

Where's the other box

with the food?

I'll bring it right away.

The golf gear was in the way.

I put it in the Rover last.

We'd better get them in quick!

The things have got really hot!

This cool-box is totally useless.

Stop it now, you'll knock me over.

- The butter's all soft.

- Go see your mistress.

There're some cold cuts in the other box.

I'll get it. I'll just open the windows.

Leave the shutters closed on the lake side,

or it'll be too hot.

Stop that. You'll get something

in a minute, I must just put this away.

Can't you call the dog?

He won't let me put the things away.


Come here!

Come and see your master!

And the bottles too,

otherwise it'll all be warm by the evening.

Stop it, Rolfi!

Be quiet!

Come in!

Sorry. He's off his head.

Come in!


Thanks for coming.

It'd have been tough on our own.

- No problem! This is...

- Paul. Nice to meet you.

Paul is son of a business colleague.

- It's a pleasure. Nice of you to help.

- Mine too.

I mean, the pleasure's mine.

- Not so much his.

- Will you be quiet?


- Get into the house, go on!

- Come here, Rolfi!

- When did you get out here?

- Last week.

You too?

- Yes.

- No.

They didn't arrive till the weekend.

We came on Friday.

Hello, Fred!

Nice of you to come over right away.

- How's Eva?

- Fine.

- Hello.

- Hello, madam.

...and where's Tropea?

In south Italy. Right at the tip,

- almost on the toes of the boot.

- But it's even hotter there.

Not necessarily.

Last year when I was in Italy it was freezing

and here you were swimming, right?

But it's a shame Sissi isn't here.

Without her, it's...

- Be careful!

- I am!

Careful, or the overhauling

will have been for nothing.

Look, you can't see anything!


Can you help me lift the boom over?

Mind the halyard!

But she said she'd be there

for the whole holiday.

Listen, my boy.

I don't know why she isn't there either.

Maybe she went to Tropea

with a school friend. I don't know.

Tomorrow we'll go over and ask

her mother. She's bound to explain all.

Now stop moping...

Why was Uncle Fred so strange?

I'm not surprised!

She got pretty worked up

about it last time.

Forget it, please.

She won't change,

and you'll just get in a state.


That's it!

Great. They're outside

working on the boat.


I don't know the time here,

I mean, the kitchen clock has stopped.

I must get a new battery on Monday.


Yes, that's what I'm doing now.

Some fillets.

Yes, you know, it's crazy. The whole thing

defrosted and now it needs eating.

Come out and see us!

No, really, like a fool, I froze

three pounds of beef fillet at once,

and now here I am.

No, I'm not joking.

Come and spend the weekend.


He shouldn't make such a fuss.

Hold on.

We need a sharp knife.

I'd like to see it again some day.

Tell Dad.


Tell your beloved to pack up his laptop,

get in the car, and you'll be here

in two hours at the most!

He shouldn't be so elusive.

Okay. Think about it.

In any case,

there's enough steak here for a week.

Bye, Fanny.

Say, give us another ring anyway

to tell us whether we can expect you.

Yes, bye.

- What is it now?

- Someone's here.

- Where?

- At the door.


Hello. Sorry to disturb you.

I'm from next door.

We saw each other

when you stopped the car at the gate.

Oh, yes, we did.

Come in, please.

Hurry up, we're eating in 10 minutes!

So what is it?


Eva sent...

I mean, Mrs. Berlinger sent me.

She's just cooking...

and she's run out of eggs.

She wonders if you can help her out.

But of course.

- How many does she need?

- Four.


- What for?

- Sorry?

What for?

What does she need the eggs for?

I mean, what's she making?

No idea.

Are they okay like that

or shall I wrap them?

As you like.

So how did you get in?

At the front.

I mean, by the beach.

But you didn't get wet at all!

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Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke is an Austrian film director and screenwriter best known for films such as Funny Games, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. more…

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