Wishing you could get away this summer? This collection of some of cinema’s most memorably disastrous trips will have you reconsidering the comforts of home. Dreaming of the crystal blue waters of the French Riviera? The existential ennui of Eric Rohmer’s LA COLLECTIONNEUSE should set you straight. Pining for romance under the Italian sun? Just see how it works out for the tourists in Paul Schrader’s THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS. And then there’s the terror of a vacation-home invasion in Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES and the dread-inducing psychological torpor of a dysfunctional family getaway in Lucrecia Martel’s LA CIÉNAGA. Finally, whatever you do, take a lesson from HOUSE and do not, under any circumstances, visit your witchy aunt’s possessed, people-munching domicile . . .
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1977 • Japan
Starring Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (HAUSU)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of “Scooby-Doo” as directed by Mario Bava? Any...
Directed by Michael Haneke • 1997 • Austria
Starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch
Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation, FUNNY GAMES spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. ...