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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


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Johanna Teicht Johanna Teicht
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The 7th Continent (1989)

5 years, 10 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

5 years, 11 months ago at Jan 3 13:25
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Well, first of all, I thought it was such a depressing movie. It was in fact Michael Haneke’s 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 and the pessimistic view on humanity. Anyway, by now, I had seen most of the movies directed by Michael Haneke so I should be used to it but still. Inde... 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 acute chronicle of a family degenerating into self-destruction is the first of a feature-film trilogy (concluding with Benny's Video and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) that centers on the intersections between media, alienation and violence. Described by Haneke as a reflection on "the prog ... (more)
Release date: 14 April 1993
Tags: 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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