71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
|71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
(71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls)
|Directed by||Michael Haneke|
|Produced by||Veit Heiduschka|
|Written by||Michael Haneke|
|Starring||Gabriel Cosmin Urdes
|Edited by||Marie Homolkova|
|Running time||96 minutes|
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (German: 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls) is a 1994 Austrian drama film directed by Michael Haneke. It has a fragmented storyline as the title suggests, and chronicles several unrelated stories in parallel. Separate narrative lines intersect in an incident at the last of the film: a mass killing at an Austrian bank. The film is set in Vienna, October to December 1993.
The film opens with intertitles which introduces the mass killing in detail. So it chronicles in flashbacks a last few months of Vienna.
The drama consists of varied characters in each storyline: a Romanian boy who immigrated illegally into Austria and lives in streets of Vienna; a religious bank security worker; an old man staring at TV screen; a childless couple considering adoption; a frustrated student and so on.
The film is divided into a number of variable-length "fragments" divided by black pauses, and apparently unrelated to each other. The film is characterised by quite a lot of fragments that take form of video newscasts unrelated to the main storylines. News footages of real events are shown through video monitors. Newscasts report on Bosnian War, Somali Civil War, South Lebanon conflict, Kurdish–Turkish conflict, and molestation allegations against Michael Jackson.
The director Michael Haneke refers to 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance as the last part of his "glaciation trilogy", whose other parts are his preceding two films.
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