Cinema: The Seventh Continent

The premise of this peculiar Yugoslav-Czech fairy story is the kind of wish that every child makes at least once: to drift away to a parentless, teacherless land.

On a ferry, a little girl's wicker basket is accidentally knocked overboard by a passenger. Like the owl and the pussycat, she and a young boy go to sea in pursuit, navigating their inflated raft by a primer-simple map of the six continents. When they want to go to the Red Sea it turns out to be red; the Black Sea becomes black. At last they arrive at a place where, the girl complains,...

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