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Siebente Kontinent, Der (1989)

Original Title : Siebente Kontinent, Der
Director : Michael Haneke
Writer : Michael Haneke
Genre : Drama
Country : Austria
Language : German
Producer : Veit Heiduschka
Photography : Anton Peschke
Distributor : Les Films du Paradoxe
IMDB ID : 0098327
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poster for "Siebente Kontinent, Der" by Michael Haneke (1989)
Siebente Kontinent, Der (1989) - Michael Haneke
 

Starring

Dieter Berner Georg
Udo Samel Alexander
Leni Tanzer Eva
Silvia Fenz Costumer at the optician's
Robert Dietl Anna
Georg Friedrich 
Georges Kern 
Elisabeth Rath 
 

Plot

Georg and his wife Anna realize how monotonous and isolated their life is when their daughter Eva, in a desperate attempt to get attention, suddenly pretends to be blind. The family decides to break with their trot and plan to emigrate to Australia.
 

Comments

Die Dinge, 14 June 2003 Author: dbdumonteil Michael Haneke is one of these directors who have a style of their own,a world where it's sometimes dangerous to tread,in a nutshell he's an auteur.He studies his characters like an entomologist :no compassion,no despair,no dramatization,no complacency,but an icily impersonal camera which searches the background and focuses on the things (die Dinge).The events he depicts are so horrible ,so unthinkable that only a very austere treatment can do them justice,so to speak.Close shots are given over to a bowl of corn flakes,a cash register,a spinning record,you name it.Is it because Haneke's afraid of the most awful depths of the human being that he often films fingers,hands,legs ,feet and even an open mouth at the dentist's .And when we finally see the faces,they do not reflect what's going on in their feverish brains.It's no coincidence if the second part mainly consists of destroying the things ,"these sings that you own and that ends up owning you",as Brad Pitt says in Fincher's "fight club".This is a complete destruction,because the whole family,who's about to commit suicide wants to erase every memory,every trace of their very life.A distant relative of Louis Malle's "le feu follet" (1963) and Marco Ferreri's "la grande bouffe" (1973) as far the content is concerned,it broaches another ...continent when it comes to the form.The last picture,an empty TV screen predicts the follow-up "Benny's video" which will be as harrowing and as disturbing than its predecessor.Caution:if you are down in the dumps,save it for another day.Like the other Haneke's works,it's a work that demands a strong stomach.It will haunt you long after the final credits have disappeared.