DEUCE BI­GA­LOW: EURO­PEAN GIGOLO (2005) GO!, 10.30PM, MA15+, COM­EDY

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Sure, au­di­ences weren’t ex­actly crying out for the con­tin­ued mis­ad­ven­tures of Rob Sch­nei­der’s Romeo, but the sec­ond in­stal­ment of Deuce’s randy mishaps does raise a smile, plonk­ing the scruffy stud in Am­s­ter­dam, ap­pro­pri­ately enough. Cer­tainly more crass and vul­gar than the orig­i­nal, Deuce “Deux” sees our hero visit his old friend and for­mer pimp TJ (Ed­die Grif­fin) in Hol­land. It seems that many of TJ’s Euro­pean gigo­los are turn­ing up dead, so Deuce of­fers to go un­der­cover in the hope of flush­ing out the killer. Good taste flies out the win­dow early on, but that’s, of course, the whole point. ★★ Di­rec­tor Michael Haneke ( Fun­nyGames) ex­poses the hid­den be­hav­iour and fear of not just in­di­vid­u­als but of gov­ern­ments in this para­noid thriller. There’s a par­tic­u­lar nod here to France’s treat­ment of Al­ge­rian im­mi­grants in the early ‘60s. Mid­dle-class Parisian cou­ple Ge­orges (Daniel Au­teuil) and Anne (Juli­ette Binoche, pic­tured) re­ceive an anony­mous video­tape on their doorstep, which for­ever changes their hith­erto per­fect and se­cure life. Au­teuil and Binoche are su­perb in a tense thriller for which Haneke picked up the best di­rec­tor prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. ★★★✩

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