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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 59 wins & 26 nominations See more »
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A careful and ambiguous analysis of evil See more (183 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
 
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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In an interview with Austrian magazine "Celluloid", Michael Haneke stated that he first planned "Das weiße Band" as a three-part TV-mini-series.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 »
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Soundtrack:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our GodSee more »

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281 out of 302 people found the following review useful.
A careful and ambiguous analysis of evil, 18 October 2009
Author: Chris Rolls from Berlin, Germany

Fans of Michael Haneke's more morally shocking films such as 'Funny Games', 'Benny's Video' or the draining 'Time of the Wolf' might find themselves surprised by the quieter and slower analysis of evil in his latest work 'Das Weisse Band'.

The action takes place in a North German village shortly before the outbreak of the First World War and in structure presents a number of subtly drawn individual characters as they are caught up in a mysterious series of violent events.

In the hands of a mere moralist this could be an unbearable few hours. But it's credit to Haneke's skill as a film-maker that we are utterly caught up and absorbed by a large cast of children and adults.

One of the on-going arguments in Haneke's films appears to be the origins of human evil, or perhaps more precisely put, individual acts of evil behaviour. Are such acts an individual's responsibility or do they spring from a climate in which particular energies are at work? This is the question Haneke appears to be exploring here (just as was a central question relating to French society in 'Cache').

One of the most disturbing things at the heart of the film is the fact that we do not know why particular acts of evil take place (including the maiming of a disabled child and the beating of a nobleman's son), or even who commits them. However, this is no 'whodunnit', although with its retrospective voice-over from the School Teacher's p.o.v. we are let to believe for a long time that were in a crime/thriller genre.

Throughout his body of work so far, Haneke has suggested that looking for the sort of easy answers films and TV all too readily supply is partly responsible for our misunderstanding how violence in society occurs. (Funny Games).

'The White Ribbon' bypasses the usual dramatical devices of motivation and blame and instead softly focuses on an environment (in this case Germany in the first quarter of the Twentieth Century) in which certain unhealthy energies are at work.

These energies include an emotionally repressed and joyless Protestantism, the mistreatment and oppression of women, the familial abuse of children, the fetishism of strong masculine and patriarchal values, and the un-breachable divide between the rich and the poor. Set over all this, like an umbrella, is the fact that the small provincial society depicted in the film is all but completely isolated from wider society.

Another poster here has pointed out that Haneke is using his village as a microcosm to reflect Germany as a whole, and I would agree with that. Haneke's Dorf, whilst having an individual character, is a relative of Von Trier's Dogville in the sense that it stands for a larger set of national values. In this respect Haneke seems to be diagnosing German society in the run up to the 'Great' War as one of authoritarianism, religious doubt, intolerance, and fear.

What is remarkable in such a film is how little human joy or love is to be found in such a seemingly idyllic rural landscape. The love strand (between the narrator Teacher and the dismissed 17 yr old children's nurse) has a rather strained aspect. It is as though the film maker is suggesting that affection might also be down to available opportunity.

One of the most moving scenes in The White Ribbon is when a young child brings his father, a Priest, a caged bird he has nursed back to health. The father's beloved pet canary was killed (by his daughter as a protest against the bleak, loveless household she's been reared in - a home in which a father shows more affection to a small bird than his own children.

Thus the scene symbolically depicts a child demonstrating the love that the parent himself is unable of showing. Tears fill the priest's eyes. It is a tiny moment of love and hope in an otherwise emotionally barren wasteland. It is also a symbol of how a new generations of Germans have dealt with, and healed, previous decades of pain.

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