The White Ribbon (2009)
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The White Ribbon tells the story of a pre-WWI German school teacher (Christian Friedel) who suspects that the local pastor (Burghart Klaußner), doctor (Rainer Bock), and baron (Ulrich Tukur) are bullying the women, children, and peasant farmers of the village and how that abuse is influencing the children to strike out in increasingly sadistic ways. The movie brings up a reflection about the origins of cruelty on society.
The White Ribbon was written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke.
The White Ribbon refers to a white armband that the pastor forces his older children to wear as a reminder of their duty to be "pure".