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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)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Theatrical film debut of Michael Haneke. His previous seven films were TV projects. 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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Connections

Followed by Benny's Video (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Send Me Roses
(uncredited)
Written by Günter Mokesch and Karin Raab
Performed by Günter Mokesch and Karin Raab
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User Reviews

 
Haunting tale not to be missed..
12 May 2000 | by smakawhatSee all my reviews

This underapreciated and much unheard film deals with the life of a typical family that takes a dramatic turn in their history.

Scenes cut to black. There is little dialogue. But the scenes create an intense paranoia and huge sense of aprehension as you sit back wondering what is going to happen. Awesome directing technique in creating two different worlds. One that is everyday and normal, the other frightningly disturbing.

A hand reaches for a hammer, and chooses a different one. A man in a junk yard drives his car towards his daughter. The sound of a mother gasping for air. A fish tank is destroyed. All these scenes which are so simple (even some of them not seen) and so BRILLIANT that they convey a sense of a anxiety and horror even though there are actions of ordinary people.

I just saw this at a special screening of Austrian director Michael Haneke's work. They are showing a trilogy of his best work and I can't wait to see "Benny's video" and "71 Fragments of a chronology of Chance".

If you ever do hear of this film (THe seventh continent) DON'T MISS IT you will NEVER see another film like it.

Rating 8 out of 10.


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Country:

Austria

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (Sweden) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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