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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 ...
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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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It is nearly a third of the way into the film before the viewer gets a clear, unobstructed view of co-star Birgit Doll's or Dieter Berner's faces. See more »

Quotes

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
Performed by Jennifer Rush
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Not enjoyable, yet manages to affect the viewer.
25 October 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I went into this film with very high expectations. Unfortunately, I can't say that it lived up to them. The first hour is incredibly dull, as we watch an upper middle-class family lifelessly perform mundane tasks (take a shower, eat breakfast, tie shoes, etc.). I failed to sympathize with any of the characters, and some scenes dragged on so long that I found my mind wandering. I generally don't mind long takes, and even in other films by the same director (Funny Games, Benny's Video, etc.) thought they were used extremely well. However, here they were simply tedious.

The film wasn't totally a let down however; far from it. The last 45 minutes really picks up intensity and re-grabs the viewer's interest. I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but the scene in which the family destroys their own house and possessions is extremely well done. The ending is bleak and depressingly powerful, and I realized that it wouldn't have worked without the boring first hour. But that doesn't change the fact that it was boring.

Overall, I had trouble giving this film a number rating, but I guess it would be somewhere around a 6/10. I think it's possible that that number would change on a second viewing, but to be honest, I doubt I would ever want to watch this film again.


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