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White Ribbon, The ( weiße Band, Das ) (2009) Movie Information

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Michael Haneke


Ulrich Tukur
Susanne Lothar
Burghart Klaußner
Marisa Growaldt
Christian Friedel
Mercedes Jadea Diaz





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On the cusp on World War I, a small German village is transformed by fear and suspicion as ominous events, centered around the children of the village, take place. -- Chris Kavan

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Chris Kavan 09/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The movie may be shot in black and white, but shows that characters certainly present themselves in shades of grey. it's a mystery and also a commentary on how we treat guilt and innocence and how it shapes lives. It builds slow, and I would say you have to be somewhat familiar with Haneke to enjoy it, but it's worth your time.

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tecnoandre 12/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Austrian-German film, released in black and white, written and directed by Michael Haneke. The drama darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I. According to Haneke, the film is about "the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature."Very dense and strong movie.With mejestic cinematography and tense plot this is a very good movie.

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mitchellyoung 10/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a whodunnit that is more about the shades of guilt and innocence that appear within daily life. Yes, there are crimes that are committed and, yes, some person (or persons) definitely committed them, but the film is more focused on the fragility of the relationships of the people in the town that are themselves shades of sinners and saints. This is a mystery film where the end culprit is not the most important thing.

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dukeakasmudge 08/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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After you watch this movie, Youll be saying "Thats it?!"

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Allison 09/03/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Michael Haneke explained that he first wrote The White Ribbon as a book almost ten years ago. Financiers weren't eager to produce the film, so he waited for the opportune moment. He told the audience that his choice to shoot the film in black and white was to get the look of old photographs and used narration to put some distance between the film and the audience. The movie is as close to a novel as can be though, with the careful introductions of each character. Haneke explains his reasoning behind this film: to show how children are the lowest in society's hierarchy, but they also our future. Some children seem like they're destined to be S.S. Officers, while Haneke insists that most of the youngsters are actually well-behaved.

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I'm dumbfounded.

Seriously, this took a long time to fully appreciate. Not like a day or so, but almost two weeks. I guess I got so wrapped up in it's mystery that I couldn't get a word out. A film that explores depression, cruelty, and life's biggest mysteries. What we see is a mixture of the truth, lies or rumors. It ends on a cold note with nothing ever answered, and these nothing quite like it.

"The White Ribbon" is another masterpiece from the brilliant Michael Haneke. The grim atmosphere and the re-creation of the time period is it's own achievement. Haneke is the best living film making of this decade. He's one of the few filmmakers right now that creates such compelling stories and questions with no answers, but questions that many will be thinking long after it's ...

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