71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

As cool, cerebral and painstaking as Haneke's earlier Benny's Video, this fragmented account of numerous events leading up to or loosely linked with a seemingly motiveless murder never really gets very far beyond images of alienation, anxiety and frustration, but thanks to its awareness of how time's very passing affects us, the film weaves a persuasively hypnotic spell. Oddly, the structure, which unexpectedly makes for considerable suspense, suggests not chance but destiny, while the final news collage is a corrosive statement on how even the most extraordinary events are packaged and trivialised by the media.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Haneke
Screenwriter: Michael Haneke
Cast: G Cosmin Urdes
Lukas Miko
Otto Grühandl
Anne Rennent
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