The White Ribbon

User rating: 3.8

Release Date: January 15, 2010 (limited)

On DVD/VOD: June 29, 2010

2h 24m | Drama, War

The film's title refers to the loss of innocence. Crisply shot in black and white, the film is set in a rural German village just prior to World War I. Voiced by an old man (Ernst Jacobi) who used to be the village schoolteacher, the story reveals mysterious goings-on.

A doctor falls off his horse, apparently tripped by a rigged wire. The son of the local baron is found beaten. A barn is burned down. So who is to blame?

As the war approaches, suspicion begins to escalate, perhaps presaging Germany's next 30 years. In German with English subtitles.

Director: Michael Haneke
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Producer(s): Andrea Occhipinti, Margaret Ménégoz, Michael Katz, Stefan Arndt
Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Josef Bierbichler
Writer(s): Michael Haneke
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