The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent)
The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) (1989)

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… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

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

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
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!)
Stephen Morrison
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… More