The White Ribbon

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Released 2009

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Director:
Michael Haneke
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions?

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    We don't go to Michael Haneke films for comfort, but to gaze through a glass darkly. That vision -- tense, provocative and unnerving -- is on full display in The White Ribbon, whic...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Immaculately crafted in beautiful black-and-white and entirely absorbing through its longish running time, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon nonetheless proves a difficult film to ...

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    An unnerving but unsatisfying chronicle of a German village filled with hidden cruelty, set on the eve of World War I.

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Drama, Suspense

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