Violence, coldness, vacuity. These could be the three key words to characterise Michael Haneke’s Glaciation Trilogy. The characters are executioners and victims at the same time. Executioners against other human beings (but also against themselves), victims of a world in which there the human being as such is no longer considered.
It is based on a real-life news story 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance. In the film – which is divided into five chapters, each concerning a particular day – everything takes place from October 12 to December 23, 1993. Everything leads up to a single event in which all the characters will be involved in one way or another. But how important is the human being in this feature film by Michael Haneke?