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The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989)

The Seventh Continent
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Birgit Doll

Birgit Doll

Anna Schober
Dieter Berner

Dieter Berner

Georg Schober
Leni Tanzer

Leni Tanzer

Evi Schober
Udo Samel

Udo Samel

Alexander
Silvia Fenz

Silvia Fenz

Optiker Kundin
Robert Dietl

Robert Dietl

Elisabeth Rath

Elisabeth Rath

Lehrerin
Georges Kern

Georges Kern



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Johanna Teicht

Johanna Teicht

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The 7th Continent (1989)

3 years, 7 months ago at Jan 26 12:31
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The first movie by Michael Haneke (proper, having already made ​​some films for German television) is a treatise of intent, a good example of the interest which the Austrian director channeled all his subsequent films.

To be specific, although the film is divided into three parts, may dissected in half in terms of plot development. A first half to show the daily life of a bourge... read more

A good movie

3 years, 7 months ago at Jan 3 13:25
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Oh my God.... I thought it was such a depressing movie! I mean, by now, I had seen most of the movies directed by Michael Haneke so I should be used to this but still. Indeed, honestly, if you are somber or in a gloomy mood, you shouldn't watch this flick. I mean, I liked it but it hits you like a fist in the face. It is actually Michael Haneke directing début and there were already many of his t... read more
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Description: Beautifully controlled and liberatingly intelligent, (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune), The Seventh Continent is the first theatrical film written and directed by German-born auteur Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Cache). "A shocking and potent statement about out times" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader), this acut ... (more)
Release date: 14 April 1993
1980s (11), Austria (9), 1989 (6), Suicide (4), Drama (4), Loneliness (4), German (4), Bank (3), Taxicab (3), Hammer (3), Urination (3), Optometrist (3), Chainsaw (3), Shoes (3), Saw (2), Money (2), Depression (2), (2), Based On True Story (2), Bed (2)
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The 7th Continent (1989)

“The first movie by Michael Haneke (proper, having already made ​​some films for German television) is a treatise of intent, a good example of the interest which the Austrian director channeled all his subsequent films.

To be specific, although the film is divided into three parts, may dissected in half in terms of plot development. A first half to show the daily life of a bourgeois family, a couple with a young daughter, and a final part to detail the self-destruction which has no choice.

"The Seventh Continent" is based on a real event and dissects the tedium of Western life in a drab and unbearable parade of daily habits that lead to a horror vacui which leads to more pessimistic existential questioning.

Based on static shots, the film is becoming a film” read more

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“Oh my God.... I thought it was such a depressing movie! I mean, by now, I had seen most of the movies directed by Michael Haneke so I should be used to this but still. Indeed, honestly, if you are somber or in a gloomy mood, you shouldn't watch this flick. I mean, I liked it but it hits you like a fist in the face. It is actually Michael Haneke directing début and there were already many of his trademarks : the sober and ascetic directing, the unknow actors (at least, to me), the osbcure plot, the pessimistic view on humanity. As usual, he tries to make a strong statement but, as usual, you never can be sure what it is but that's what awesome is about Haneke's movies, you have to figure it out yourself. It is a rather slow movie and it took me a while to understand what was going on but t” read more

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