The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)

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Three members of a middle-class family are followed as their lifestyle slowly disintegrates. Nothing spectacular happens: it's just the dreary un-ending grind of a go-nowhere existence. The film's final scene emulates Fassbinder, as the threesome bid auf wiedersehn to everyone and everything in a gaudy, grotesque manner. It goes without saying that Der 7. Kontinent is not for everyone's taste. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Audience Reviews for The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)

  • Nov 05, 2018
    Haneke basically tortures the viewer to the point of almost unbearable, first focusing his film (based on real life events) on the dull, bureaucratic and apathetic routine of a modern family and then moving to the excruciatingly detailed, step-by-step preparation of a horrific incident.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    The influence of violent media in the mass behavior of society is a passionate topic for Haneke since his debut. This time, he is dealing with his very first depiction of the destruction of the modernized urban family. Also, this spectacular achievement of a slowly-developing and blunt atmosphere depicts death in its most existentialist manner, while simultaneously tearing down the walls of the present microeconomic law worldwide. Terrifying truths that few auteurs dared to speak out loud. Bravo! 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2009
    Bruising and depressing, the Seventh Continent builds and builds to a shattering climax with a sense of monotony that few have ever achieved. Its power lies in its ambitious decision to show us what has happend and let us draw our own conclusions, or make up our own reasons for why it went the way it did.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2008
    a really powerful debut and in a way haneke has been making the same point ever since (by the looks of his current film as well: will soon see!)
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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