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

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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, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Cast

Gabriel Cosmin Urdes
as Romanian Boy
Anne Bennent
as Inge Brunner
Udo Samel
as Paul Brunner

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

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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.

July 11, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Michael Haneke's death-of-the-soul-of-Europe saga soldiers on with 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, the final entry in his so-called "trilogy of emotional glacification."

Full Review… | May 3, 2006
Slant Magazine

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

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

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
½

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance is one of Haneke's better works. The film is about a bunch of random stories (including a stressed out kid at school, a runaway romanian boy in vienna, and an unhappy old man) as they go throughout their daily life. The film brings the stories together at the end in a very smart way. i really liked the film and thought it was intresting, althought it was slightly boring at some points.

Skyler Carkuff
Skyler Carkuff

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