• Film ID:
  • 15862
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=137 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Germany.Austria.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • German.
THE WHITE RIBBON (2009)
(Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte )
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1913; a strict Protestant village in northern Germany and the locals are plagued by a series of malevolences; a farmer's wife falls through rotten floorboards, a wire placed at knee-height has brought down the the doctor's horse, a window is opened exposing a newborn baby to the cold of the winter, cabbages are beheaded with a scythe, one of the Baron's sons is discovered bound and lashed by a whip, a barn is set on fire, a farmer hangs himself, a handicapped child is found tied to a tree with a message threatening divine punishment... the worried villagers are at a loss to what to do. Are we talking about the birth of the Nazi era? In some references yes, but in a more general way we are being anti-social behaviour as rooted in domestic repression. Faithful historical reconstruction gives a period authenticity, but 'Das Weisse Band' is a timeless portrait of human psychology and group behaviour. A modern masterpiece.
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