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