This is a scene from Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent (1989 imdb).
It’s a great film, and what I love about it the most, despite all the hurt, is that it gives you a raw, ugly, yet honest depiction of suicide. Absolutely fundamental, I think, for all who take even the subtlest interest in this theme, for all who might bear a romanticised idea of suicide.
If Alain de Botton said that art today is our incomplete substitution of religion, by not being able to help us live, he probably didn’t account for this film.
Watch his 2005 interview.
Before showing The Seventh Continent at Cannes, Haneke guessed that two scenes in particular would make the audience scream – the fish and the money.
He was right – some people even walked out of the theater as they watched the money being “mistreated.” Haneke realized that he had touched on one of the great taboos of society, whether capitalist or socialist.
But that particular touch had not been created by Haneke. It was part of the news coverage that he used as source material. He just made it more visual and visceral.