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The Seventh Continent (1989)
"Der siebente Kontinent" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  14 April 1993 (France)
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.

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Anna Schober
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Georg Schober
Leni Tanzer ...
Evi Schober
Udo Samel ...
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.

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First part of Michael Haneke's "Glaciation Trilogy" also including Benny's Video (1992) and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994). See more »

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Anna Schober: Have you gone mad?
Evi Schober: Have you gone mad? Why?
Anna Schober: Why? How come you say you're blind? Are you mad?
Evi Schober: I didn't.
Anna Schober: You didn't? Your teacher made it up? Answer me.
Evi Schober: I never said that.
Anna Schober: Look at me. Come on, tell me, did you pretend to be blind? Come on, tell me. I just want to know the truth. Come on. Don't be afraid, I won't hurt you. Is it true? Did you pretend to be blind?
Evi Schober: Yes.
[Anna slaps Evi in the face]
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The Power of Love
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Written by Wolfgang Detmann, Gunther Mende, Jennifer Rush and Mary Susan Applegate
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Emotionally shattering real-life horror
16 March 2004 | by (Somerset, England) – See all my reviews

A powerful, disturbing film, shot in a highly idiosyncratic style. Michael Haneke's dissection of Austrian alienation is astonishingly effective. The style is, for the first part of the film, full of such close-ups that we don't see the characters' faces for nearly half an hour, but we share with them their view of the breakfast cereals, shoes and shopping. It should be boring, but is instead gripping, a quiet build-up to the prosaic horrors to come.

It is hard to comment without revealing some of these horrors, but the overall effect is shattering, tolerable only because Haneke avoids any real involvement with the characters and their motivations. With hindsight this is a weakness, and I reached the end of the film with the feeling 'what was that all about?'. But it is a film to reflect on, unlike any other that I have seen. Don't miss it - unless you are feeling depressed!


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