71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (1994)
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- 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
- 100 min.
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I decided to take that as a recommendation, Forrester. So far I'm not disappointed. Great slow cinema. I think I need to go through your dislikes.
Even as 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance unfolds, each fragment a scene violent cut off by going to black for too long a split second, you know Michael Haneke will not be giving you the closure that comes with knowing WHY something happened. This is far from his only exploration of unfathomable actions treated as such. So we watch a number of people in Vienna in the months leading to a mass shooting in a bank on Christmas Eve, and we know from the off they will be involved somehow. Did Haneke fictionalize them or did he try to reconstruct their lives from what people remembered of those months? I don't know, but it's the kind of slice of life that baldly says, "this could have been you". Even the role of the killer? Hopefully not, but what would it take to make YOU snap? The film often seems to try to the audience's patience to provoke similar frustration. While some scenes are abortive, others go on too long (the ping pong sequence is going to stay with me), and if you snapped and committed terrible acts, would we trace your motivation to having seen this film? Now look at other inexplicable murders and suicides through the last 40 years, does it make any more sense to blame Catcher in the Rye or Natural Born Killers, or the violence on a global scale as per the news footage used to frame the story? As usual Haneke asks, but does not answer. Because there is no reasonable answer.
The perfect cure for insomnia. I understand the message that this movie tries to bring across, but it's boring as hell. Especially the table tennis scene.
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This movie ranks #14 in Sitges Film Festival - El Kong Premi a la millor pel·lícula
This movie ranks #52 in UNESCO's Memory of the World
This movie ranks #1409 in The Criterion Collection