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The Seventh Continent (1989)

Der siebente Kontinent (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 14 April 1993 (France)
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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Birgit Doll ...
Anna Schober
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Georg Schober
Leni Tanzer ...
Evi Schober
Udo Samel ...
Alexander
Silvia Fenz ...
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Robert Dietl
Elisabeth Rath ...
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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: Did you like the Mickey your uncle Alex brought you? He loves you very much. You know that? Me too. Do you feel alone sometimes? Do you love dad and me?
[Evi hugs her mother]
Anna Schober: Okay, time to say your prayers.
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Followed by 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) See more »

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Send Me Roses
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Written by Günter Mokesch and Karin Raab
Performed by Günter Mokesch and Karin Raab
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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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