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The Seventh Continent

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Easily one of the most provocative, oblique, and fascinating directors of contemporary European cinema, Michael Haneke's debut feature, THE SEVENTH CONTINENT, remains a masterpiece of existentialism and eerie violence. A married couple and their daughter go about their prosaic lives in a mechanical fashion; Haneke presents their lives as barely more than a series of rote mannerisms--even sex becomes a passive activity. On the surface, everything seems perfectly normal, but the film hints at a lurking malaise: the mother breaks, inexplicably, into tears as they drive through a carwash, the daughter feigns blindness at school, and then, suddenly, without warning, the family performs a drastic act of violence.
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  • Credits
    Birgit Doll, Udo Samel, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer
  • Critic Reviews
    "[It] remains one of his most powerful and disturbing films, and one of his most enigmatic as well."
    Film Comment

    "[A] formally rigorous feature debut....Gripping..."
    Sight and Sound

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