The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989)

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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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Critic Reviews for The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A Kafkaesque nightmare scenario of dread and ambiguity rooted in the aimlessness of contemporary life.

Jan 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Intelligent, hard-hitting, nightmarish family drama that's based on a true story and told in a repetitive clinical style that reflects the subjects' anomie.

Jun 9, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Haneke's impressive feature theatrical debut offers a chillingly bleak look at a family and its descent into barbarism as a result of alientaion and disengagement from life.

Jun 20, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Confirms -- through its narrow portrait of life as unrelentingly bleak -- its own gloomy cynicism.

Apr 18, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A stunning examination of the effects of emotional isolation and the inability to communicate in the modern age.

Aug 19, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Michael Haneke could be cinema's Debbie Downer, if only he had any sense of humor.

May 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

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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 Morrison
Stephen Morrison

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