The White Ribbon

Year: 2009
Production Co: X-Filme Creative Pool
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke

A group of children in a pre World War 1 Germany are the focus of this story about a series of seemingly related cruel events that take place in their small hamlet home.

The tale is narrated by the local schoolteacher. As he embarks on a tentative romance with the pretty maid who works for the local landowner, and the social fabric of the village is starting to fall apart in the wake of the events, with workers being fired, rebelling against the landowner and children in various stages of punishment and cruelty at the hands of their parents and each other.

It's got something to do with the rise of Naziism, the same way the equally impenetrable Cache was a comment on the French bourgeoisie. Haneke again shifts to high art mode, which means you'd need a field guide while you watch or, or you have to watch it four or five times before the subtext sinks in.

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