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The White Ribbon (2009)The White Ribbon (2009)

The White Ribbon (2009)

Drama, Mystery

7.5

movie

Austria, Canada

German, Italian, Latin

Dark, Depressing, Dramatic

2009

Michael Haneke

Anne-Kathrin Gummich, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Birgit Minichmayr

144 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

7.5
Safaa Sultan

This 2009 Palme d’Or winner is filmed beautifully in black and white by Michael Haneke. In equal parts mysterious and disturbing, it is set in a northern German village in between 1913 and 1914 where strange events start to happen seemingly on their own. The people of the village, who feel as if they were punished, try to investigate it as the events start affecting them one by one. As they speculate on who is behind the acts that never stop, the film unfolds its slow but captivating plot. A brilliant and unique movie.

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