"Forgive us."

The White Ribbon (2009)
Directed by Michael Haneke, rated R, 144 minutes

The White Ribbon is an unsettling and eerie drama about a schoolteacher that tries to find out who is responsible for a series of strange incidents of violence and destruction. The beautiful black and white cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, and hypnotically draws you into the bizarre story. However, the story is a little frustrating, as it's slowly paced and stingy with answers, but that's director Michael Haneke's style, and he includes enough intriguing scenes and characters to hold your interest. The White Ribbon is not for everyone as it's not an easy film to watch or understand, buts it's ominous and brooding atmosphere is enthralling and it's themes are potent. You'll like it if: You like disturbing dramas, Michael Haneke's films, Safe, Le Corbeau or Picnic at Hanging Rock.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely loved this film. In fact it even made the top 10 in my list of 100 best films of the last decade.

    I agree with you in that it is stingy with answers. But the movie I felt is not so much as who are the perpetrators as the very act of violence itself. And moreover, the schoolteacher mentions in the beginning itself that he's recounting the events from his old memories, so even if he'd pointed fingers at anyone that might not have amounted to much - after all he made it clear at the start that his memory isn't as strong as it used to be. So it could very well have been his perception rather than a matter of fact.

    What I especially loved about the film were, as you pointed out, its eerie tone and its breathtaking B/W cinematography. And of course its latent theme that insistence on absolute goodness can end up creating monsters in the process.