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The Seventh Continent (1989)

Der siebente Kontinent (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 October 1992 (Sweden)
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
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:

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Details

Country:

Austria

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sétimo Continente 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:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Austria's official submission to the 62nd Oscars as best foreign language film category. 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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Whatever
10 October 2009 | by K-nighttSee all my reviews

I think that many people will be able to identify with this film. As always, I made a point of knowing virtually nothing about it before I saw it, and I'd recommend doing the same. If you know about the plot beforehand, the impact will be markedly ruined. The first thought that came to mind after the first few sequences was "they haven't shown anyone's face yet".. I guess that's the point. If you are reading this, then you most likely are not starving, and are amongst the rich 1 billion of the world. So the actions portrayed initially in this middle class existence needn't any face, as they pertain to all of us, we the regurgitators of human aspirations (weird phrasing). We don't have a face, as there is nothing to tell us apart from the next person. Anyway, it's absurd to think that the mental process that took over the family is considered an exception, but the fact that it is only highlights how sick our society is, refusing to remodel this cataclysmic and decerebrate way of being. I was affected by the subsequent events that transpired, and one particular scene still haunts me in a vicious way, although it cannot be mentioned here... suffice to say it broke free from a certain degree of apathy shown by the main characters throughout, revealing the desperate and twisted cry of raw emotion that can exude from even the most planned chaos. Watch it all the way through, it is meant to bore you for a while, it wouldn't be the same if it didn't.


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