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

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May 10, 2015
One of Haneke's most underrated pieces, despite this '71 Fragments' is undeniably one of his greatest achievements. This film is unforgiving, confrontational and poetically mundane. The film's formula is that of repetition as form of insight into the gruelling daily activities of western civilisation. Haneke explores the random or perhaps the mediated with themes of class divide and racial tension amidst a turbulent backdrop of political unrest, which seems even more evident today as it did back then. Black frames intercut the titular '71 Fragments', there is no music, it is a cold meditation on the psychological damage caused by government control and social tension. Haneke asserts a degree of intelligence from the viewer, so for those who are prepared to think '71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance' is rewarding and essential viewing.
April 20, 2015
Exploring materialistic appetites and human alienation in 71 scenes, Michael Haneke's mixed-up drama is a choppy art film ripe with mixed meanings.
Arguably the strongest message revolves around mankind's aching need for authentic human interaction, with materialism as a barrier to communication. But there's many a thought to be shared on media fear-mongering to boot.
Essentially, the film is a rather depressing series of sharp cuts between separate groups of miserables, which almost - kind of - come together in the cutthroat end. Fortunately, the film's littered with a bunch of killer scenes and interesting ideas along the way. A thought-provoking montage not for the impatient.
½ February 5, 2015
71 scenes where we follow a young student, an old man and some other rather unhappy people. All scenes are fastly cut to black and it's freezed like this for a while. Solid marking of scene cuts, in other words.
Gray film, with a every day look - the boring style.

It's randomness put in order. We get an anoying alarm clock, a cross-tangram and a table tennis machine to name a few props.
a slow burner and while you try to put the pieces togheter, you are hoping for a climax as the intro has indicated. Well, we get a climax, and it's worth the wait of this unsettling film. An all right, early film by the freaky Haneke. It's a typical film of his, but it's not his best - neither is it his worst.

7 out of 10 news broadcasters.
½ October 19, 2014
This has some interesting questions to ask: are we all just meaninglessly walking randomly through our lives to our inevitable death? Can we piece together the randomness of our life to make something discernible? However, for me, like much of Haneke's career, 71 Fragments is a frigidly cold and ultimately flat critique of violence in film. With a complete lack of style, long takes of nothing, and a dull dream-like feel to every scene, this is a 90 minute endurance test that doesn't adequately reward its viewers.
July 16, 2013
Michael Haneke is widly regarded as one of the true masters of modern film.
His films are always a challenge to the viewer and his widly celebrated works such as Amour and Cache and the works of a genius.
Before the wider acclaim Haneke made several films which challenged the narrative conventions of cinema.
This film is one of those and it is a ice cool study of a violent and random act and the lives of the people involved in that act chronicled over a period of two months.
Right from the start Haneke has us on the backfoot with clips from news events from October 1993 including the war in Bosnia , the Unrest in Africa and Michael Jacksons child abuse allegations.
These news clips continue through the film and Haneke allows them to become a Greek chorus as we buiild to the final act.
Having the film cut away at key moments during the narrative sustains interest as we follow the various people including a Romainian child living on the streets,A couple trying to adopt a little girl,A security guard and his miserable life and a young man who will brutally knit all the narratives togther .
Haneke never lets up in his desire to unsettle you and even at the films end we dont see events unfurl leaving us with more news clips before a cut to black.
Challenging viewing then,but in these days of stupid Hollywood movies which flop badly this is a real find .
June 15, 2013
The third part of Haneke's slowly declining Glaciation Trilogy. The common theme of isolation in the mundanity of the modern world is the biggest problem with the series, only 'The Seventh Continent' managed to do this whilst keeping the viewer interested.
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½ May 21, 2013
Michael Hanekes Ruhm begründete sich auf der harschen Medienkritik, die seinen Filmen bis Anfang der 2000er anheim ist.
Beginnend mit Der Siebente Kontinent" und seinen Höhepunkt in Funny Games" findet, thematisierte Haneke immer wieder den Einfluss der Über-Medialisierung auf die Gesellschaft und die Perversion der Medienberichterstattung, die immer wieder zum Kollaps gewöhnlicher Familien führt.

Fragmentarisierung ist eines der Themen, dass in solcherlei Diskursen immer wieder auftaucht und in 71 Fragmente" nimmt sich Haneke der Fragmentform gleich in zweierlei Hinsicht an. Einerseits zerstückelt er seinen Film selbst in 71 Fragmente, die durch abrupte Cuts unterbrochen werden und immer wieder ins Nirgendwo führen, andererseits arbeitet er ebenjene Fragmentierung auf, die seine Protagonisten in den Wahnsinn treibt.

Besonders gelungen ist meiner Meinung nach der Einbau von echten Fernsehnachrichten, die das Geschehen in gewisser Weise kommentieren und Hanekes Pessimismus unterstreichen (es geht in ihnen praktisch immer um Krieg und Genozid).
Neben diesen Nachrichtenstücken, erzählt der Film parallel mehrere Handlungsstränge und genau an diesem Punkt muss ich Kritik üben. Ob bewusst oder unbewusst, durch die ohnehin fragmentarisierte Machart des Films war es recht schwer den verschiedenen Charakteren zu folgen, ihre Motive zu erkennen oder aus ihren Handlungen schlüssig zu werden.
Haneke verlangt dem Publikum immer einiges ab, das ist nichts Neues, aber wie weit sollte man Medienkritik auf die Spitze treiben? So weit, dass sie dann erst recht niemand versteht?

Eine Krux und in gewisser Weise paradox. Genial setzt Haneke seinen Film auf genau die Weise um, die er so hart kritisiert, was aber wiederum dazu führt, dass man kaum aufnahmefähig dafür ist.
½ May 16, 2013
A pretty typical film in Haneke's trademark style. Despite the segments are scattered, you can still feel Haneke's distrust and pessimism towards mankind. Tragedy is not purely coincidence, is it?
February 24, 2013
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ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
December 31, 2012
Combining the abrupt editing of Der Siebente Kontinent (1989) with Todd Haynes' narrative structure in the disturbing Poison (1991), we take a layered trip once more into the mass media surroundings of the middle class and the undeniable implications it executes in cotidianity. Simultaneous to Tarantino's roller-coaster of intertwining stories, this is a challenging masterpiece that divides life itself into little fragments where everything is mathematically interrelated in an endless set of possibilities while questioning the futility of violence.

97/100
December 28, 2012
Unnecessary long scenes and after "Kurdish employe party PKK", it doesn't mean anything...
May 4, 2012
La maladie du 21eme siecle.
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2012
Based on true life events in early 90s, this film follows the victims ordinary lives, all of which are not connected, before the fatal shootout at a bank, and imediatly later gunman killing himself. all the stories hold interest, and some more than others, its from Michael Haneke, so themes again pop up here that you seem to get from him. The media, tv culture and violence, it works well, while not entirely suceeds but holds more than enough to warrant a watch and Hanake is a interesting filmmaker
December 17, 2011
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.
August 2, 2011
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.
July 20, 2011
Haneke es un genio!!
½ July 5, 2011
At first I was afraid (petrified) that this was actually going to be 71 unrelated scenes of people generally being pissed off with no narrated reason, because the pre-credits sequence was a few dark scenes of silhouetted figures doing nothing particularly discernible but definitely depressing and probably eventually violent.

But once the credits were over (the credits again not being a terribly promising sequence of progress along an autobahn) some semblance of a story, or rather, bunch of stories revealed themselves and it turned out to be a pretty decent flick.

Very clearly in the same vein as the first two in this trilogy (I wonder whether they were planned as a trilogy, or whether Haneke just ended up making his first three films along pretty similar themes â?? if the latter, fair play on getting the funding for that) but also in quite a refreshing style â?? probably even more refreshing when it was made given the many â??fragmentedâ?? films that have come out since.
July 2, 2011
My Haneke's favourite
June 29, 2011
It's Haneke's own brand of sociological cynicism, seen in the stripped-down highly focused perfection of the first two instalments of his revered and unpleasant trilogy, directed towards the rejection of consumerism and the sometimes hideous effects of the media and now fired with cool disdain at the general decline of society in modern Europe.
All in all, a fascinating, deeply unsettling, generally gruelling effort from the master of cool, detached violence.
Jim
May 18, 2011
Classical Haneke, reflective documental, precisely dramaticalization and mystically convincing.
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