FILM and Discussion: The Seventh Continent by Haneke

This Thursday March 29th at 19.15 we´ll show the Seventh Continent by Michael Haneke, his first film from 1989, 104 minutes long.
We had a lot of discussion after the last film we saw by Haneke, that you can follow on in this blog:
–  it´s about the brutality of that film, the White Ribbon, that made me react.  We can look at this film as a part of that discussion, and also in other ways of course.
Look also at documentary on this film /german-swedish/ at

yours br Björn
“Michael Haneke’s first feature film made in Austria and released theatrically in 1989 is a fully accomplished work, that already displays many of the themes, techniques and shock values that would become very familiar in the director’s subsequent works. The target for Haneke’s brutal examination in The Seventh Continent is the bourgeois family unit…
…Already showing the techniques that continue to shock audiences, Haneke’s first feature film is as disturbing as many of the films that would follow, not so much for any on-screen violence as for the cold, matter of fact manner in which it is depicted….
…The first two years of the Schober family are shown trying to keep up with the pace of the modern society, striving to conform to expectations of employment, school and consumerism. This is depicted by Haneke as a series of mechanical routine processes, from the alarm clicking on at 6:00 every morning, through the carwash, the process of data input at a supermarket checkout to the anonymous lists of data output being examined in Georg’s office. ” DVD Video Review

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