• The White Ribbon (2009)

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    What makes The White Ribbon a big movie, an important movie, is that Haneke's point extends beyond pre-Nazi Germany. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The film is visually masterful. It's in black and white, of course. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

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)