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The White Ribbon (2009) More at IMDbPro »Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (original title)

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The White Ribbon -- When strange accidents occur in a German village, they gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual.
The White Ribbon -- 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.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Haneke (written by)
Michael Haneke (story)
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Release Date:
5 March 2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 27 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"A horror drama, free from horror images" See more (193 total) »

Cast

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Christian Friedel ... The School Teacher
Ernst Jacobi ... The School Teacher as an Old Man (voice)

Leonie Benesch ... Eva

Ulrich Tukur ... The Baron

Ursina Lardi ... The Baroness
Fion Mutert ... Sigi
Michael Kranz ... The Tutor

Burghart Klaußner ... The Pastor (as Burghart Klaussner)
Steffi Kühnert ... The Pastor's Wife

Maria-Victoria Dragus ... Klara

Leonard Proxauf ... Martin
Levin Henning ... Adolf
Johanna Busse ... Margarete

Thibault Sérié ... Gustav
Josef Bierbichler ... The Steward
Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... The Steward's Wife (as Gabriela-Maria Schmeide)

Janina Fautz ... Erna
Enno Trebs ... Georg
Theo Trebs ... Ferdinand

Rainer Bock ... The Doctor

Susanne Lothar ... The Midwife

Roxane Duran ... Anna

Miljan Chatelain ... Rudolf
Eddy Grahl ... Karli
Branko Samarovski ... The Farmer
Klaus Manchen ... The Farmer (voice)

Birgit Minichmayr ... Frieda

Sebastian Hülk ... Max
Kai-Peter Malina ... Karl (as Kai Malina)
Kristina Kneppek ... Else
Stephanie Amarell ... Sophie
Bianca Mey ... Paula
Aaron Denkel ... Kurti
Mika Ahrens ... Willi
Detlev Buck ... Eva's Father
Anne-Kathrin Gummich ... Eva's Mother
Luzie Ahrens ... Schoolchild
Gary Bestla ... Schoolchild
Leonard Boes ... Schoolchild
Felix Boettcher ... Schoolchild (as Felix Böttcher)
Sophie Czech ... Schoolchild
Paraschiva Dragus ... Schoolchild
Selina Ewald ... Schoolchild
Nora Gruler ... Schoolchild
Tim Guderjahn ... Schoolchild
Jonas Jennerjahn ... Schoolchild
Ole Joensson ... Schoolchild
Gerrit Langentepe ... Schoolchild
Lena Pankow ... Schoolchild
Sebastian Pauli ... Schoolchild
Franz Rewoldt ... Schoolchild
Kevin Schmolinski ... Schoolchild
Alexander Sedl ... Schoolchild
Nino Seide ... Schoolchild
Marvin Ray Spey ... Schoolchild
Malin Steffen ... Schoolchild
Lilli Trebs ... Schoolchild
Paul Wolf ... Schoolchild
Margarete Zimmermann ... Schoolchild
Carmen-Maja Antoni ... Bathing Midwife
Christian Klischat ... Gendarm
Michael Schenk ... Detective
Hanus Polak Jr. ... Detective
Sara Schivazappa ... The Italian Nanny

Marisa Growaldt ... The Maid
Vincent Krüger ... Fritz
Rüdiger Hauffe ... Workman

Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ... Farmer
Florian Köhler ... Farmer
Sebastian Lach ... Foreign Harvester
Marcin Tyrol ... Foreign Harvester
Sebastian Badurek ... Foreign Harvester
Krzysztof Zarzecki ... Foreign Harvester (as Krysiek Zarzecki)
Sebastian Pawlak ... Foreign Harvester
Lilli Fichtner ... Girl at Harvest Feast
Amelie Litwin ... Girl at Harvest Feast
Paula Kalinski ... Girl at Harvest Feast
Matthias Linke ... Band Musician
Vladik Otaryan ... Band Musician
Peter Mörike ... Band Musician
Hans-Matthias Glassmann ... Band Musician
Nikita Vaganov ... Band Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mercedes Jadea Diaz ... Eva's Sister (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
Michael Haneke (written by)

Michael Haneke (story)

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Veit Heiduschka .... producer
Michael Katz .... executive producer
Michael Katz .... producer
Stefano Massenzi .... associate producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Ulli Neumann .... line producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Christian Berger 
 
Film Editing by
Monika Willi 
 
Casting by
Simone Bär 
Carmen Loley 
Markus Schleinzer 
 
Production Design by
Christoph Kanter 
 
Art Direction by
Anja Müller (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Heike Wolf 
 
Costume Design by
Moidele Bickel 
 
Makeup Department
Anette Keiser .... makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski .... key makeup artist
Jana Schulze .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Miki Emmrich .... production manager
Romy-Sophie Katz .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hanus Polak Jr. .... first assistant director
Patrick Winkler .... crowd assistant director
Dominik Watin .... crowd third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Enzo Enzel .... head painter
Gonda Hinrichs .... construction coordinator
Vera Rubenbauer .... assistant props
Silvie Sachseneder .... stand-by props assistant (as Silvia Sachseneder)
Esther Schreiner .... set dresser
Ilse Töpfer .... property master
 
Sound Department
Arnaud Azoulay .... sound layback
Fabienne Chalendard .... assistant sound editor
Vincent Guillon .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Martens .... sound effects editor
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby
Guillaume Sciama .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Rolf Hanke .... special effects project manager
Till Hertrich .... special effects technician
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Marcus Preussing .... special effects senior technician (as Marcus Schmidt)
Bernd Rautenberg .... special effects senior technician
Jens Schmiedel .... special effects senior technician
Thomas Thiele .... special effects senior technician
 
Visual Effects by
Geoffrey Kleindorfer .... visual effects
Mario Wessely .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Aubry .... key grip
Tilman Büttner .... steadicam operator
Gerald Helf .... first assistant camera
David Jerrett .... best boy
Kimber Lee Jerrett .... gaffer
Stefan Kaindl .... assistant camera
Mario Minichmayr .... electrician
Jörg Oschmann .... electrician
Lars Richter .... first assistant camera
Thomas Schneider .... second assistant camera
Christian Wehrle .... key video assist
Bernadette Weigel .... oil lamp operator
Sascha Werdehausen .... additional first assistant camera
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Florentin Camerer .... casting assistant: children
Jessika Eisenkolb .... casting assistant: children
Henri Steinmetz .... casting assistant
Jamila Wenske .... childrens casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Bätz .... wardrobe
Gabriele Keuneke .... tailor
 
Editorial Department
Reinhard Feichtinger .... digital cinema mastering
Philippe Tourret .... digital intermediate coordinator
Thomas Treu .... supervising editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
 
Location Management
Nick Hertwig .... location scout
Cathleen Hoffmann .... location manager
Thomas Lauterkorn .... location scout
Felix Manthey .... location manager
Johannes Schröder .... location manager
 
Transportation Department
Marcel Ahrens .... driver: cast
Florian Haeger .... transportation captain
Andreas Korpel .... production driver
 
Other crew
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel
Jennifer Bushnell .... legal assistant
Jean-Claude Carrière .... script consultant
Eddie Chebbi .... assistant production accountant
Gisela Emberger .... set manager
Bianca Folger .... assistant to producer
Manuela Groh .... production coordinator
Skady Lis .... business & legal affairs
Ulrike Lässer .... production coordinator
Annika Nierentz .... production assistant
Kathrin Resetarits .... creative assistant: director
Thomas Schneider .... assistant line producer
Andro Steinborn .... business affairs/legal
Henri Steinmetz .... director trainee
Henri Steinmetz .... trainee director
Kristina Stelter .... assistant line producer
Alice Stengl .... script supervisor
Dorothea Trebs .... child supervisor
Harro von Have .... legal: production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Derek Shane Garcia .... special thanks (as Derek Garcia)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing content involving violence and sexuality
Runtime:
144 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Quotes:
Martin:I gave God a chance to kill me. He didn't do it, so he's pleased with me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "DR2 Premiere: Episode #4.2" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Sacred Head Now WoundedSee more »

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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
"A horror drama, free from horror images", 4 September 2010
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Stunningly beautiful, shot in the exquisite black and white, with the faces of the characters looking like the old pictures from the beginning of the 20th century, The White Ribbon has the longer title in German, Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte -The White Ribbon - A German Children's Tale. The longer title gives quite a good idea behind the mystery of the troubling, disturbing, and shocking events in the film that did not have an explanation by the end of the film and left some viewers confused and unsatisfied. I think that the film is very clear and if approached with the open mind and readiness to accept the subtle details in the storytelling and implication, the open end will not disappoint. Anybody who is familiar with the work of Michael Haneke knows very well that he does not make pure mystery/thrillers even though his movies have a lot of mysteries and often very dark secrets By his own admissions, he uses the mystery in the White Ribbon to show the origins of the extremism of all epochs, and what could have been the beginning of the darkest times in the history of the country. Looking at the life of one small picturesque village in the northern Germany just on the brink of the World War 1, Haneke explores the malice, envy, apathy, hatred, and brutality that envelop the village like a web, and lead to the outbursts of evil that goes unpunished and will bring the larger evil in the future. While watching the film, I kept thinking how much it brings to mind the films of another master of grim and sad yet compelling and thought provoking pictures, Ingmar Bergman. Two of his films remind The White Ribbon especially. One, The Winter Light, a tragic and thought-provoking film about a village priest (Gunnar Bjornstrand) who can't give much comfort and hope to those who need them as he feels none for himself. Another - Fanny and Alexander, the story told from the point of view of two children, a brother and a sister whose lives changed tragically after their widowed mother married a local bishop, seemingly a charming and caring man. What would have happened to Fanny and Alexander, what kind of persons would they have become or would they have survived had they not had a big dysfunctional but loving family who saved them from the abusive, cruel hypocritical stepfather, Bishop Edvard Vergerus?

Like Bergman, Michael Haneke does not make the horror films but the computer generated monsters are simply a joke comparing to the real monsters of hatred and evil that found a place to hide and grow in the souls and minds of the characters in his latest film. It is a serious, disturbing, and thought-provoking film. With all its darkness and pessimism, the film has sweet, touching and even humorous moments. They have to do with the only love story in the film and come to think of it, the only love story in all Haneke's films I've seen, between the film's narrator, the local school teacher and the 17 years old Eva, the nanny for the children of the baron, the most powerful man in village.

One of the critics said that The White Ribbon is the film that will haunt the viewers for days and will be seen, discussed and thought of for the decades to come. I completely agree with that, and I feel I can watch it again and again. Yes, it is that good.

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