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A still from The Seventh Continent (1989)

The Seventh Continent

1989 | Austria | 104 min
  • Der siebente Kontinent
  • Watched on Tue Jan 26, 2021 via Criterion Channel
    A-: 5 stars (out of 5)

    Michael Haneke’s devastating feature debut. Calm waters of menacing monotony surrender to a crushing tsunami of bleak emotion. As the third act unfolded, I struggled to watch. It’s not what Haneke shows, but what he doesn’t show. We fill the gaps with ourselves. The dread overwhelms. I went in cold, only aware that it concerned a middle-class couple. I suggest you do the same, although I’ve already said too much.

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