On Christmas Eve 1993 a 19 year old student killed several people – all of whom were complete strangers – for no apparent reason.
What brought victims and killer together?
As in the first two parts of the trilogy (THE SEVENTH CONTINENT, BENNY’S VIDEO), the focus of the plot is an act of violence which lacks a sufficiently explicable motive. The longitudinal section through the two family histories is here followed by a cross-section through the structure of society.
What has remained unchanged is the absence of psychology and other dramatic strategies of reassurance, an insistence on the spectator’s ability to think and feel for himself, the belief in the moral power of art to unsettle and disconcert, as well as anger at the sleek aesthetics of acquiescence –wega-film.at
Cheerfully wishing his audience a “disturbing evening” at a London retrospective of his films, director Michael Haneke insists that he is an optimist at heart, despite all of the relentlessly bleak carnage and deeply disturbing imagery so vividly painted and seared into the mind of anyone who has had the uncomfortable experience of viewing his work.
Practically born into show business, to an actress mother and director father, in Munich in March 1942, Haneke spent his early years in a working class suburb of Vienna before an early attempt at fame as an actor and pianist. Failing to achieve early success, Haneke attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy and psychology, and became a film critic and stage director before making his eventual debut as a television director with After Liverpool in 1973. Setting in motion a television career specializing in literary adaptations and small screen films, Haneke would work successfully in that medium until his feature debut… read more
I found it outrageous the way how the cashier from the gas station appeared giving an interview and saying that he had no idea of why the murderer had committed the shooting at the bank: the cashier's rudeness appeared to me to be the trigger of the events that unfolded. I have seen many people just like that man. They annoy me deeply.
This movie, which is loosely based on the true story of an austrian college student who cracked up, shot up a bank full of people then killed himself a few minutes later, is one of the few multi-storyline… read review
Man, THAT’s how you tell a story. Patience. And the determination to show that life is dramatic enough just the way it is to make a compelling story.
The fragments give you real glimpses into… read review
The idea of the strange coincidences and the unfortunate ending of them is really well thought, and it shows how it can be done on much higher level than for instance Crash, but still, on some parts… read review