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
Art House & International , Drama
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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.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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February 2, 2007
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | December 6, 2007
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)

easily a masterpiece directorial debut by artistic (meaning art house) standards: quality actors, however sterile and unspoken they are asked to perform; frankly realistic with a pragmatically surreal undercurrent, if that makes sense, like in haneke's other works. haneke as a latent auteur (this was released at age 47) but as a preemptively experienced movie critique sort of explains some of the sharp and unique directing choices. also intriguing a movie (if somewhat depressing and saddening) to look at, in terms of development of characters; and rather bleak, nihilistic, and philosophical, but no more than haneke's other similarly themed and clinically directed stuff.. saw it when i was relatively young and before it became more popularized (and written about) and had no idea what i had just watched. becomes more relevant and palpably cynical as you get older though, especially given the increasing sharing of (rapidly worn out) information, ways of life, and ideas in the modern world... or maybe just once you get a (humdrum or monotonous) job. fácilmente un debut tipo obra maestra bajo el estándar artístico (o sea películas del cine arte): con actores de calidad, aún si estéril y no tan habladores departe de los papeles protagonísticos; francamente realista con un trasfondo pragmático surrealista, si se le puede decir así, como en las otras obras de Haneke. Haneke siendo un autor de cine latente (esto fue lanzado a sus 47 años), pero también como un crítico cinemático con experiencia de forma preventiva explica más o menos algunas de las decisiones agudas y únicas bajo la dirección. También puede ser intrigante (aunque un poco deprimente y triste) a observar, cuando se trata del desarrollo de los personajes; y es más bien desolador, nihilista, y filosófico, pero no más que las otras pelis de Haneke con temas similares y con la misma dirección clínica por decir. lo vi cuando era un poco joven y antes de que se popularizara (y fuera escrito sobre) y no tenía ni idea de lo que acababa de terminar de ver. sin embargo, llega a ser más relevante y palpablemente cínica con madurez, especialmente dado el creciente intercambio de la información (rápidamente desgastada), las formas de vida, y de las ideas en el mundo moderno ... o quizá en cuento ya tengas jale (y se vuelve aburrido o monótono).

Ricardo Craneo
Ricardo Craneo

brutal. ok, no more reading of news, no more cynical op-eds, and no more films depicting banality and ennui. this entertainment masochism must come to an end. that includes you mets!

Seth Lachs
Seth Lachs

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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