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The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989)

The Seventh Continent
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7.9 IMDB rating

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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



Written by
Johanna Teicht

Johanna Teicht

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The 7th Continent (1989)

2 years, 2 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

2 years, 3 months ago at Jan 3 13:25
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Oh my God.... What a depressing movie! 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 ... 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), German (4), Loneliness (4), Suicide (4), Drama (4), Hammer (3), Urination (3), Shoes (3), Optometrist (3), Chainsaw (3), Taxicab (3), Bank (3), Saw (2), Based On True Story (2), (2), Depression (2), Face Slap (2), Money (2)
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"25th March Haneke's debut feature film. Careers don't start much better than this: minimalistic yet very effective in its editing and cinematography and storytelling, The Seventh Continent starts in a simplistic fashion, displaying typical middle class life in Austria. The more the film goes further, though, everything falls apart for no visible reason. By the end, I felt like a train wreck after watching this film and so should any thinking and feeling person. A magnificent work that is most "


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"A German family are bored with everyday suburban life and decide they want to move to Australia ...or do they? Very slow and boring with 10 minutes of plot spread over 100 minutes - Meant to be disturbing and directed by Micahel Haneke of Funny Games fame which I liked a LOT but this is just crap Intellectuals will have you believe this film is deep and meaningful but it isnt - Want to see a better film about escaping the rat race? --- watch Into The Wild or Lost In America. Want to see a bet"


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"09.08. DVD, 1st viewing DIRECTED BY Michael Haneke A perfectly directed film. The film's strict rhythm is like clockwork and Haneke pulls all the right ropes here to create a completely crushing emotional experience, yet not falling into the trap of being manipulative (even if the fish scene came close). Beautiful and harrowing film. "


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