in about 100 words or less
Germany 144m, B&W
Director: Michael Haneke; Cast: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert
The White Ribbon is a dark drama about village life in a small Protestant German town just before the outbreak of World War I. The film is narrated by Christian, the town’s former schoolteacher, who recalls the events surrounding a series of brutal events which were perpetrated by the town’s most unlikely suspects. Increasingly suspicious, the townsfolk’s mistrust of one another, as well as their denial of the situation may foreshadow the rise of fascism. Beautifully photographed and filled with interesting characters and motivations, the frustrating lack of a clearer resolution to the events remains somewhat disappointing (Klaus Ming August 2013).