The White Ribbon

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Synopsis
On the eve of World War I, strange accidents in a small Protestant village in Northern Germany involve the children and teenagers of a choir run by the schoolteacher and their families. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery as these events gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual.

Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Michael Haneke - Austrian filmmaker, BENNY'S VIDEO/HIDDEN
Theatrical Release: 2009
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 144 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: German

Synopsis
On the eve of World War I, strange accidents in a small Protestant village in Northern Germany involve the children and teenagers of a choir run by the schoolteacher and their families. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery as these events gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual.

Controversy-courting director Michael Haneke (CACH?) earned the Palm d?Or at Cannes in 2009 for this arresting drama set just before World War I. In a small German village, a number of unexplained accidents beset the schoolchildren and their parents. Though they at first appear coincidental, it begins to seem that they are not, in fact, accidents at all.;

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Andrea Occhipinti - Actor/"Bolero"
Josef Bierbichler - German Actor
Margaret Menegoz - French Producer
Jean-Claude Carriere - French Screenwriter/Actor
Ernst Jacobi -
Michael Haneke - Austrian filmmaker, BENNY'S VIDEO/HIDDEN
Michael Haneke - Austrian filmmaker, BENNY'S VIDEO/HIDDEN
Susanne Lothar - Actress
Veit Heiduschka - Producer
Stefan Arndt - Producer
Michael Katz - Executive Producer, PIANO TEACHER (2002)
Christian Berger - Director of Photography, PIANO TEACHER (2002)
Ulrich Tukur - Actor, SOLARIS (2002)
Burghart Klaussner - Actor, THE EDUKATORS (2005)
Rainer Bock - Actor
Thibault Serie - Actor
Maria-Victoria Dragus - Actress
Steffi Kuehnert - Actress
Michael Kranz - Actor
Fion Mutert - Actor
Ursina Lardi - Actress
Leonie Benesch - Actress
Christian Friedel - Actor
Los Angeles Times
12/30/2009
"[T]ense, provocative and unnerving....[The film] could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career."
Entertainment Weekly
01/08/2010
"Shot in vivid black and white, the movie is like VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED directed by Ingmar Bergman..." -- Grade: B-
New York Times
12/30/2009
"[Haneke] uses the sharp elegance of Christian Berger's monochrome cinematography, the grammatical precision of old-fashioned speech and the pageantry of period drama to lull and also to inflame the audience's expectations."
A.V. Club
12/30/2009
"Shot with dry discipline in striking black and white, the deliberately paced, consistently unnerving film invites viewers into every corner of its town..." -- Grade: A
USA Today
01/07/2010
"THE WHITE ROOM is an artful examination of a small town and small-mindedness and the potential for full-blown, large-scale evil."
Wall Street Journal
01/08/2010
"[S]evere and eerily beautiful....Mr. Haneke's film is accessible, though its pace is deliberate and its affect muted."
Rolling Stone
01/21/2010
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Shot in stunning black-and-white by the gifted Christian Berger, THE WHITE RIBBON is a toxic blossom of images that burn into your memory..."
Movieline
12/31/2009
"Everything about the film's masterfully executed aesthetic suggests harmony, order, the absence of extremes, exquisite deliberation...director Michael Haneke teases dread and uncertainty from classical form."
Chicago Sun-Times
01/13/2010
4 stars out of 4 -- "The film is visually masterful....THE WHITE RIBBON tells a simple story in a village about little people and suggests that we must find a balance between fear and security."
Uncut
11/30/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "Its lack of resolution is one reason the movie lingers, along with its stunning cinematography and unsettling performances, particularly from the children at the movie's heart."

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