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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:
24 September 2009 (Austria) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 59 wins & 26 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Haneke produces his most timeless classic See more (183 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
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hanus Polak Jr. .... first assistant director
Patrick Winkler .... crowd assistant director
 
Art Department
Enzo Enzel .... head painter
Gonda Hinrichs .... construction coordinator
Vera Rubenbauer .... assistant props
Silvia Sachseneder .... stand-by props assistant
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 .... 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
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
 
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
Manuela Groh .... production coordinator
Nick Hertwig .... location scout
Cathleen Hoffmann .... location manager
Thomas Lauterkorn .... location scout
Skady Lis .... business & legal affairs
Ulrike Lässer .... production coordinator
Felix Manthey .... location manager
Annika Nierentz .... production assistant
Kathrin Resetarits .... creative assistant: director
Thomas Schneider .... assistant line producer
Johannes Schröder .... location manager
Andro Steinborn .... business affairs/legal
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Austria:12 | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-13 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45622)

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Trivia:
Before filming started, Christian Berger studied the black and white films Ingmar Bergman made with Sven Nykvist as cinematographer.See more »
Quotes:
The Doctor:My God, why don't you just die?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
O Sacred Head Now WoundedSee more »

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51 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Haneke produces his most timeless classic, 14 December 2009
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

What do you do when you 'know' there is a very tangible threat but cannot point the finger? Recall, if you will, Jean. Julianne Moore's character in Crash: " . . . and it was my fault because I knew it was gonna happen. But if a white person sees two black men walking towards her and she turns and walks in the other direction, she's a racist, right?" Or the dilemma of Islam in Europe. On the one hand, we are impelled to protect the rights of the vulnerable minority. Protect their beliefs. Their innocence. Everything decent within ourselves that we wish to respect and preserve in others. But on the other, we are terrified of the prospect creeping Islamic militancy. We teeter on the brink of racism. Islamophobia. If we risk the sacred humanity in others we attack it in ourselves. And what if all the indications are wrong? What if all our beliefs are wrong? What if all the words led us astray? Too late, we know we have to talk about paedophile priests. Too late, we know we should have talked about Hitler (in the days before, yes before, he was the Bad Guy). Or even World War One before it happened. There are times when we cannot accuse. Times when it will do no good. But still, as Lionel Shiver might say, there are times when we know, 'We need to talk about Kevin.' Haneke confronts the paradox of confronting the unimaginable. Not in the Hollywood sense of 'too scary to think about.' Just confronting something that is outside the ability of the imagination to foreshadow. In Hidden, the format was an intricate art house film that appealed more to the cinema geek. The cult viewer. A brilliant film – but one you would probably need to watch at least twice before you could 'get it.' The White Ribbon is an altogether different genre. The mystery is laid out as carefully as any Hitchcock classic, albeit with the more restrained tones and iconography of Luis Buñuel. There is not the surrealism of his Exterminating Angel, but the clearly delineated social restraints that refuse to acknowledge anything that does not fit, they are all there. A small village on the eve of World War One. A fierce Lutheran Protestantism that will admit no way of thinking unless it is true to the cornerstones of its faith. Ignorance poses as innocence. And the horrors that can spring from deeply ingrained discipline.

Somehow, within a community where everyone knows and trusts each other, a series of very unpleasant incidents occur. A wire is strung to trip the doctor's horse. A disabled boy is brutally attacked. A woman commits suicide. Unexplained arson. The seeds of deadliest emotions are there in a society that allows for nothing except goodness.

Haneke carefully details various forms of patriarchal enforcement of this goodness. It might be righteous anger or compassionate punishment. I recall my philosophy teacher at university saying how some things can be learnt but not taught. Then another professor's dismissal of Aristotle's virtue theory on the basis that it cannot be 'taught.' In this Haneke world of black-and-white moral righteousness, those characters who seek no more than a least worst option seem to come, quite logically, to an untriumphant end. A boy who wants to save a wounded bird. A schoolteacher who wants to reveal with gentleness that which force cannot uncover.

With Funny Games, Haneke shocked with intruders. With Hidden, he forced us to confront a barely solvable mystery. With The White Ribbon, his greatest work yet, a simple story takes on universal proportions. No intruders. No outsiders. We can no longer take refuge in any system of 'universal truth.' Whether it be the science of our sense or the dictates of religion. We must learn as we grow. This White Ribbon is no fairy tale story. It has no fairy tale ending. All is logical. Just that you might never, ever, be able to prove it.

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