Keswick Film Club - The White Ribbon

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Sunday 21st March 5:00 PM

The White Ribbon 
(Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschicht)

Director: Michael Haneke Country: Germany/Austria
Cert: 15 Year: 2009 Length: 144 mins Language: German
The White Ribbon

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Audience Reaction

Score: 78% Attendance: 106




Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2009, The White Ribbon is structured around a series of misfortunes (which give the impression of ritual punishment) befalling the citizens of Eichwald, a rural village in pre-World War I Germany. Half the population works for the Baron, and the stern Protestant pastor wields a strong influence, especially on the children, who appear strangely suppressed...

It’s a hugely absorbing film, with most impressive compositions in beautiful black-and-white photography. Commentators have asked whether Haneke’s portrait of a sick society is meant to give a pointer to the horrendous war to come and the fascism that quickly followed in its wake.


open_quote A profoundly disquieting movie, superbly acted and directed. Its sinister riddle glitters more fiercely each time I watch it. close_quote Peter Bradshaw

open_quote It's his least aggressive and most mature film... a masterpiece from a director who is increasingly making a habit of them. close_quote Dave Calhoun, Time Out


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