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The White Ribbon (2009)

Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (original title)
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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?

Director:

Michael Haneke

Writers:

Michael Haneke, Michael Haneke (story)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 62 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Fion Mutert ... Sigi
Michael Kranz ... The Tutor
Burghart Klaußner ... The Pastor (as Burghart Klaussner)
Steffi Kühnert ... The Pastor's Wife
Maria Dragus ... Klara (as Maria-Victoria Dragus)
Leonard Proxauf ... Martin
Levin Henning Levin Henning ... Adolf
Johanna Busse Johanna Busse ... Margarete
Thibault Sérié ... Gustav
Josef Bierbichler ... The Steward
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Storyline

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing content involving violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The shot of The Doctor and his horse both falling is a digital effect. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when the farmer sits next to his wife's corpse, the actress's breathing is noticeable. See more »

Quotes

Martin: I gave God a chance to kill me. He didn't do it, so he's pleased with me.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are shown in complete silence. There is no music or other sounds during both entire credit sequences. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.1 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

O Sacred Head Now Wounded
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Lyrics from a mediaeval Latin poem
Music by Hans Leo Hassler
Sung in the church
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Gripping, exciting, focused
15 December 2009 | by d-apergisSee all my reviews

Das Weisse Band represents the kind of cinema that is cerebral, cognitive and dialectic without deviating from the conventions of classic storytelling. In examining the origins and nature of terrorism in human societies and psychology, the film quickly resigns from a simple depiction of country rural life in 1913 and transforms into a sadistic 'whodunnit' thriller with the main protagonists being two conflicting generations: the elderly and the youth. Das Weisse Band takes the risk of setting off too many narratives in accordance to the individual stories that occur, but the utterly terrifying aspect and power-point of the film is what we do not see happening in front of our eyes. Gripping, exciting, focused cinema.


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Country:

Germany | Austria | France | Italy | Canada

Language:

German | Italian | Polish | Latin

Release Date:

5 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Ribbon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,848, 3 January 2010

Gross USA:

$2,222,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,319,671
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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