The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon
  • 2009
  • Germany / Austria
  • 2h 23min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Haneke
  • Written by: Michael Haneke
  • Cast: Christian Friedel, Ulrich Tukur, Josef Bierbichler
  • Language: German

Featuring the remarkable black and white cinematography of Christian Berger, Haneke's latest film expertly paints a withering portrait of life in a pre-World War German village that is dominated by feudalism and a particularly sadistic breed of religion. An outstanding, multilayered achievement, dripping with nastiness and resonating with a sense of impending historical doom.

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Michael Haneke interview

4 Nov 2009

‘I’m a control freak,’ says Michael Haneke, the current holder of the Palme d’Or. The Cannes prize-winning director is talking in a London hotel room, wearing a black shirt and trousers, German words spouting through his Santa Claus-esque white hair and…

The White Ribbon (Das Weiße Band)

4 Nov 20095 stars

(15) 143min Writer/director Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Hidden) mainlines the sentiments of fellow Austrians Alfred Adler (the psychiatrist who first formulated ideas of the inferiority complex) and novelist Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach (who wrote…

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