The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon

Michael Haneke (2009)

137min
15 Certificate
Wednesday 3:25pm - 5:55pm Sky Cinema Select
HD SUB WIDE B&W SUR
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Review

Our Score
Director Michael Haneke won the Palme d'Or for this immaculate monochrome mystery set in the bucolic north German village of Eichwald on the eve of the Great War. There's a hint of Heimat about the narrated, linear action that links the fates of baron Ulrich Tukur, pastor Burghart Klaussner and the increasingly disaffected underlings in their care. There's also a sense of the first buds of Nazism flourishing in the populace's unquestioning adherence to aristocratic authoritarianism and Protestant patriarchy. But, with only the romance between schoolteacher Christian Friedel and governess Leonie Benesch retaining any sort of innocence, the overriding mood of the film is one of malice and menace. The ensemble performances are as outstanding as Christoph Kanter's production design and Christian Berger's photography. But it's Haneke's vision and control that imbues the ever-more suspenseful and harrowing events with an oppressive sense of psychological and historical significance.

Summary

A village in Germany is plagued by strange events in the months leading up to the First World War, as a series of accidents leads on to mysterious acts of vandalism and people being attacked by unknown assailants. As the villagers try to cope with their bad fortune, secrets start to come to light. Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning mystery, starring Christian Friedel and Leonie Benesch. In German, Italian and Polish.

Cast & Crew

The schoolteacher Christian Friedel
Eva Leonie Benesch
The Baron Ulrich Tukur
The Baronin Ursina Lardi
Sigi Fion Mutert
The home teacher Michael Kranz
Klara Maria-Victoria Dragus
Martin Leonard Proxauf
Director Michael Haneke
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Other Information

Language: German +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Nov 2009
Drama