• The White Ribbon (2009)

The White Ribbon

Release Date: December 30th, 2009

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 2010

R |2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

Using their social status and harsh punishments, a baron (Ulrich Tukur), a doctor (Rainer Bock) and a pastor (Burghart Klaussner) rule over a small German village. One day, the doctor falls off his horse after it trips over a wire strung between two trees. More pranks follow, seemingly without reason, all directed at the village's upper class and growing increasingly more brutal with time. There are no suspects, but a local schoolteacher (Christian Friedel) has his suspicions.

Cast: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Burghart Klaußner, Steffi Kühnert, Josef Bierbichler, Gabriela Maria Schmeide

Director: Michael Haneke

Genres: War , Drama

Production Co: Wega Film, Lucky Red, X-FIlme Creative Pool, Les Films du Losange

Keywords: Mystery, School, House, Transformation, Dark, Doctor, Father, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a superb cinematic work and an appropriately serious one, given its subject matter and its intentions. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Unlike "Caché" and "Code: Unknown," where Haneke's investigations into societal and spiritual despair resonated with poetic force, The White Ribbon doesn't resonate at all. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A severe and eerily beautiful German-language drama. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Winner Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2010)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Best Foreign Film
Guldbagge Award (2010)