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71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) (1994)

71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) (1994)

71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance)

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This cerebral Austrian mystery, by avant-garde director Michael Haneke, will disturb those viewers with the patience to wade through it. The film begins with a grisly mass killing. It was Christmas eve 1993 and a 19-year old student inexplicably murders several people and then kills himself. The fragmented film flashes back to October 12 and then progresses toward the fateful night. Throughout the film many characters appear and suddenly reappear. A homeless teenaged Romanian exile roaming Vienna's streets and begging provides continuity. Each fragment begins with a newscast that functions as a surreal Greek Chorus One shows footage of the war in Sarajevo, and the other is a story about Michael Jackson. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 16, 2006
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Michael Hanekes 1994 feature is an icy-cool study of violence both mediated and horribly real.

July 13, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The film's Endsville, when we reach it, is almost an anticlimax, thanks to the masterfully orchestrated ensemble acting and the countless dramatic mini-explosions unleashed along the way.

Full Review… | July 11, 2006
Village Voice
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Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Time Out
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A panel in Michael Haneke's trilogy about gratuitous acts of vioelnce and their devastating effects.

Full Review… | August 1, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Segues between its various pawns before coldly, cruelly sending them to their execution.

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance)

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[font=Century Gothic]"71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance" is a semi-interesting movie from Michael Haneke which serves as an exploration of his favorite themes of race and class. On December 23, 1993, a man kills three people in a bank in Vienna before killing himself. To show that no place is safe from violence, the movie rewinds two months to show news footage of violence in other parts of the world such as Sarajevo, Turkey, Haiti and Somalia.(But what does Michael Jackson have to do with this? Or with anything really?) After that, random bits and pieces are shown from the lives of the people who are present at the shooting with a special focus on a Romanian boy(Gabriel Cosmin Urdes) who is in the country illegally and could have an entire movie made about him. But none of the characters are as intriguing and the movie comes to a halt during a prolonged phone call. And why does a movie about alienation have to be quite so alienating?[/font]

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Walter M.

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This is a film that calls into question everything in these people's normal, regular, daily lives...so in turn it asks the viewer the same questions. For some they won't be able to wait the film out. The fragmented narrative and lack of sexy, juicy moments will make you hit the stop button. But this is such a fascinating film. Even though the film states exactly how the film will end it is still shocking. And maybe the most disturbing thing is how you follow these people's lives, all of which will be effected by events at the end of the film. And it goes on the news broadcast for a few minutes and onto the next story like it never happened.

This is a film that calls into question everything in these people's normal, regular, daily lives...so in turn it asks the viewer the same questions. For some they won't be able to wait the film out. The fragmented narrative and lack of sexy, juicy moments will make you hit the stop button. But this is such a fascinating film. Even though the film states exactly how the film will end it is still shocking. And maybe the most disturbing thing is how you follow these people's lives, all of which will be effected by events at the end of the film. And it goes on the news broadcast for a few minutes and onto the next story like it never happened.

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor

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