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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    100
    Haneke demonstrates profound insight into the essence of human behavior when all humility is pared away, raw panic and despair are the order of the day, and man becomes more like wolf than man.
  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. You can feel frightened and disturbed by this movie without being especially moved by it.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    While it's sometimes tedious viewing, the film proves the perfect complement to this year's hyper-explained "The Day After Tomorrow;" it's utterly free of cheap melodrama and visual razzle-dazzle, concentrating instead on the souls of plausibly human sufferers.
  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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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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