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Quick-Thoughts: Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent (1989)

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Erasing the vision of human faces while observing the typical thrusts of daily activity is a pessimistic method to making our lives seen utterly mechanical while intentionally depicting the characters in this covert movie as if any one of us could be them. This is what casts the opening of The Seventh Continent as such a chaff introduction for a film that’s strictly about a supposedly everyday family. It’s a spell that strikes us into registering that the sort of grim incident that untangles in this motion picture can happen to anyone despite appearances. 

In truth, The Seventh Continent could’ve worked especially well (possibly even better?) as a short film; the decision to extend the project with an authentic time-ticking effect could be the only thing justifying this feature-length’s 2-hour long existence. Even so, there’s nothing I can do about that, and I am fine with accepting the elongated, realistic expedition that the movie took me on.

Is Michael Haneke married though? Or does he have kids? Marvelous director and whatnot, but I’d be mindful if he does… 

Verdict: B+

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“The Seventh Continent” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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