Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.
The disabled ex-soldier Andreas Pum lost a leg for emperor and father land. After leaving the army he receives a license and a drehorgel. One day he gets into a controversy with a ... See full summary »
Thierry van Werveke
I don't mind a piece of cinema which leaves it all, and I mean all, to the viewer to make something of it, but some hidden point(s) to it, would be nice, no matter how deeply buried they are.
This is a movie without a story, without a discernible point and without any entertainment value. What it shows are seemingly random events leading towards a climatic point in time and leave it to a Buddhist to decide whether or not coincidence has anything to do with it.
After 40 minutes into it, I couldn't take it any longer and proceeded the film at 4 speed while I entertained my cat with a loss string hanging from my sweater. It was obviously having a better time than I was.
Only recommended to those who've set out to watch the complete oeuvre of this film making genius which is Michael Haneke.
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