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Der siebente Kontinent (1989)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Michael Haneke

Writers:

Michael Haneke, Johanna Teicht (script)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Birgit Doll Birgit Doll ... Anna Schober
Dieter Berner ... Georg Schober
Leni Tanzer Leni Tanzer ... Evi Schober
Udo Samel ... Alexander
Silvia Fenz Silvia Fenz ... Optiker Kundin
Robert Dietl Robert Dietl
Elisabeth Rath Elisabeth Rath ... Lehrerin
Georges Kern Georges Kern
Georg Friedrich ... Störungsdienst der Post
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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Austria

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

14 April 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seventh Continent See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wega Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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: Four days ago, at the beginning of the month, Georg started in his new position. It took him a lot to get there. You might remember that when he first started, his new boss didn't like him at all. But now he's made it. He brought new inspiration to the department. So when his boss fell ill with an intestinal problem and was off sick more than at work, Georg was asked to take over the department provisionally. His boss is retiring soon anyway. Georg's appointment as head of department is just a ...
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Soundtracks

Send Me Roses
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What happens when people are dead from the inside?
27 June 2012 | by julian_abadiaSee all my reviews

I saw this movie recently and it blew my mind. The long shots, showing the mundane aspects of life. The camera aiming at the actions rather than the characters, symbolizing the every day ordeal of a conformist life. The eternal agony of a family, who slowly tears apart from everything that connects them with the world.

This is not a pleasant movie to watch. It's sad, bleak, disturbing and angry; and Haneke doesn't make it easier to the viewers. He presents life as it is, without any dramatization; and what it strikes me the most is the pace in which he presents it. The characters doesn't shout (they speak every once in a while), fight or cry their hearts out; they just keep on doing the same things they do every day. However, as you watch closer, you sense that something is completely wrong.

To me this is as an existential film as you can get. The world is there: raw, unsympathetic and indifferent. Everything happens without a reason, without hope; and the character's lack of desire to confront the nothingness of an empty life is the central theme of this movie.

"What happens when people are dead from the inside?" That's what I asked myself after watching this cold, cynical, gem of a movie. Can be someone dead from the inside and alive from the outside?. If so, could that person communicate with any other person? How can we avoid the meaningless things in life? Should we fight them back or surrender to them? Watch this movie and then you may find the answers to those questions..... or may be not. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!. Avoid watching it if you're a bit depressed. This movie is bleak and challenging as hell.


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