The White Ribbon
(Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschicht)
Cert: 15 Year: 2009 Length: 144 mins Language: German
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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.
A profoundly disquieting movie, superbly acted and directed. Its sinister riddle glitters more fiercely each time I watch it.
It's his least aggressive and most mature film... a masterpiece from a director who is increasingly making a habit of them. Dave Calhoun, Time Out
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