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  • Summary: An apocalyptic calamity has left the people of Europe struggling to survive amidst drastic shortages of food and water. A couple decides to flee the city to their country house with what meager supplies they can find in hopes of protecting their children. To their surprise and horror theyAn apocalyptic calamity has left the people of Europe struggling to survive amidst drastic shortages of food and water. A couple decides to flee the city to their country house with what meager supplies they can find in hopes of protecting their children. To their surprise and horror they find the house already occupied by another equally desperate family. The ensuing confrontation forever changes their -- setting them adrift in a chaotic, often indifferent world in which their survival hinges on the strained compassion of those they encounter. (Palm Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 100
    In today's digital bog of empty light and marketing deceptions, this is what early-millennium Euro art-film masterpieces feel like--lean, qualmish, abstracted to the point of parable but as grounded as a gravedigging.
  2. There are no zombies out of ''28 Days Later'' to alleviate the slow creep of realistic doom in this chilly, tense corker.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Haneke has become known as a dour modern master of cinematic pain, and in this movie he scrubs civilization down to the root level.
  4. 75
    Haneke's images are so bold and riveting and the characters' emotions are so raw that the lack of a few details doesn't matter.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Moviegoers expecting a conventional sci-fi fantasy will be disappointed; Haneke never explains the vague disaster, nor does he offer any definitive solution.
  6. You can feel frightened and disturbed by this movie without being especially moved by it.
  7. I would rather have a more interesting group of desperate people to spend my post-apocalyptic time with.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. PeterA.
    May 2, 2007
    9
    A wonderful film, scary, moving, unexplained, inexplicable, showing us the end of civilization as we know it, but with an unexpected note of A wonderful film, scary, moving, unexplained, inexplicable, showing us the end of civilization as we know it, but with an unexpected note of optimism and beauty at the end. Huppert is marvelous and her two children are superb. Expand

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