"71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance"
Directed by Michael Haneke
The third film in Michael Haneke's provocative "glaciation
trilogy" (Benny's Video,
Seventh Continent) is a profoundly disquieting reflection on the
numbing nature of modern life. The formally rigorous work is comprised of 71
film tableaux, including clips of an Austrian student's shooting spree, a
homeless man's travels through Vienna, and a young couple's struggles with
their newly adopted daughter. Each of these snippets is jumbled and
presented out of context, with the persistent presence of a TV newscast
shadowing the events in an eerie, foreboding manner. Reminiscent of Haneke's
excellent, later work Code Unknown, this film remains "one of the most
challenging narrative works of the 1990s" (Senses of Cinema). French
with English subtitles. 95 minutes.