White Ribbon, The (Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) | Review

Director: Michael Haneke Writer: Michael Haneke Starring: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Burghart Klaussner, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rainer Bock, Susanne Lothar Welcome to the cold and grey environs of the Protestant north-German village of Eichwald during the fall harvest of 1913. Not long before the outbreak of World War I, Eichwald is still functioning as a semi-feudal society. The lord of the manor – the baron (Ulrich Tukur) – possesses a majority of the wealth and workforce of the village; the pastor (Burghart Klaußner) and the doctor (Rainer Bock) also wield some power due to their societal status. The three men enjoy absolute moral authority over the women, children and peasants of Eichwald. The baron treats his workers like slaves, caring little of their health and safety – one woman falls to her death through rotten floorboards of the baron’s sawmill, yet no one seems to care but her children. The
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The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Review

Release Date: Dec. 30 (limited) Director: Michael Haneke Writer: Michael Haneke Starring: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leoni Benesch Studio: X-Filme Creative Pool. 144 minutes Sometimes evil is black and white The White Ribbon looks deceptively familiar—like an old Twilight Zone episode, or one of those late-night films discovered while channel-surfing. But Michael Haneke’s seemingly simple, black-and-white story—set in a German village just before the start of World War I—is a step above and a grade darker than your average whodunit....
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Movie Review: The White Ribbon (2009)

A scene from Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon

Photo: Sony Pictures Classics If you've read any number of reviews of Michael Haneke's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or-winning film The White Ribbon or even watched the trailer I can only recommend you do your best to forget what you've learned and have seen. I went in absolutely cold and can tell you to know anything more than this is a great film is to cheat yourself of the story that unfolds over the course of a brisk 2 hours and 24 minutes. In fact, the 144 minutes that make up this film are so engrossing you won't want to look away for a second. I've watched the film twice now and while it wasn't long into the first viewing I was sure I was in the midst of a classic, after the second viewing I was positive this was a film worthy
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