The White Ribbon

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama, War
Running Time:  144 min.
Release Date: January 15, 2010 (limited)
DVD: June 29, 2010

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Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Josef Bierbichler


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: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Margaret Ménégoz, Andrea Occhipinti, Stefan Arndt, Michael Katz
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
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