The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)
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The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)
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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Kafkaesque nightmare scenario of dread and ambiguity rooted in the aimlessness of contemporary life."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Confirms -- through its narrow portrait of life as unrelentingly bleak -- its own gloomy cynicism."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A stunning examination of the effects of emotional isolation and the inability to communicate in the modern age."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Michael Haneke could be cinema's Debbie Downer, if only he had any sense of humor."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
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