71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance)
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71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance)
This cerebral Austrian mystery, by avant-garde director Michael Haneke, will disturb those viewers with the patience to wade through it. The film begins with a grisly mass killing. It was Christmas eve 1993 and a 19-year old student inexplicably murders several people and then kills himself. The fragmented film flashes back to October 12 and then progresses toward the fateful night. Throughout the film many characters appear and suddenly reappear. A homeless teenaged Romanian exile roaming Vienna's streets and begging provides continuity. Each fragment begins with a newscast that functions… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Michael Hanekes 1994 feature is an icy-cool study of violence both mediated and horribly real."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Segues between its various pawns before coldly, cruelly sending them to their execution."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The film's Endsville, when we reach it, is almost an anticlimax, thanks to the masterfully orchestrated ensemble acting and the countless dramatic mini-explosions unleashed along the way."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Michael Haneke's death-of-the-soul-of-Europe saga soldiers on with 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, the final entry in his so-called "trilogy of emotional glacification.""
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"A panel in Michael Haneke's trilogy about gratuitous acts of vioelnce and their devastating effects."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com