Based on a true story, The Seventh Continent is a portrait of familial disintegration in Austria. Set over a three-year period, it documents how the mundane day-to-day routines of a middle-class family alienate them from the world and each other until, suddenly, their lives self-destruct.
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Haneke destroying the sacred temple of the atomistic family. The values we associate with the family, love, security, trust, it being a shelter against the world, turn in on themselves to destroy it. For the love within family already involves violence, the security already involves selfishness, its seclusion involves alienation. The family is no refuge from the horrors of life (and death), it is an extension of it.
Modernite eleştirisi bağlamında tam bir başyapıt. Haneke daha ilk filminden Avrupa toplumunu ve bireyi ne denli rahatsızlık uyandıracak düzeyde sinemaya yansıtabileceğini bizlere gösteriyor. İzleyiciyi irrite etmekten hiçbir şekilde çekinmiyor ve kendimizi sorgulamamıza vesile oluyor.
not my favorite Haneke but affected me in a very deep way, I guess, I relate to these people and the film left me thinking about everything, and i mean every thing. on the other hand, Evi is just the cutest little girl ever.
Haneke's preoccupation with the inscrutability of evil begins here, aiming to depict, based on facts, the implosion of the family as the first institution of ethical being-with-the-other. The nauseating nihilism is served well by the ritualism of the story from beginning to end. While the nod to Bressonianism does not really inspire, and even if it leaves a lot unaccounted for, filming nothingness makes an impact.
It's masterful how Haneke initially only insinuates the events leading to the family's decision. A large part of the story happens between the shots, namely during the blackouts or - through sounds and voices - outside the frames which show a lot of details and things of daily routine but barely reveal information about the protagonists. The audience is challenged to construct a justification using these traces.