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The White Ribbon [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Controversy-courting director Michael Haneke (CACH) earned the Palm d'Or at Cannes in 2009 for this arresting drama set just before World War I. In a small German village, a number of unexplained accidents beset the schoolchildren and their parents. Though they at first appear coincidental, it begins to seem that they are not, in fact, accidents at all.
  • Credits
    Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert, Michael Kranz, Burghart Klaussner, Steffi Kuehnert, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Thibault Serie, Josef Bierbichler, Rainer Bock, Susanne Lothar
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]ense, provocative and unnerving....[The film] could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Shot in vivid black and white, the movie is like VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED directed by Ingmar Bergman..." -- Grade: B-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[Haneke] uses the sharp elegance of Christian Berger's monochrome cinematography, the grammatical precision of old-fashioned speech and the pageantry of period drama to lull and also to inflame the audience's expectations."
    New York Times

    "Shot with dry discipline in striking black and white, the deliberately paced, consistently unnerving film invites viewers into every corner of its town..." -- Grade: A
    A.V. Club

    "THE WHITE ROOM is an artful examination of a small town and small-mindedness and the potential for full-blown, large-scale evil."
    USA Today

    "[S]evere and eerily beautiful....Mr. Haneke's film is accessible, though its pace is deliberate and its affect muted."
    Wall Street Journal

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Shot in stunning black-and-white by the gifted Christian Berger, THE WHITE RIBBON is a toxic blossom of images that burn into your memory..."
    Rolling Stone

    "Everything about the film's masterfully executed aesthetic suggests harmony, order, the absence of extremes, exquisite deliberation...director Michael Haneke teases dread and uncertainty from classical form."

    4 stars out of 4 -- "The film is visually masterful....THE WHITE RIBBON tells a simple story in a village about little people and suggests that we must find a balance between fear and security."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Its lack of resolution is one reason the movie lingers, along with its stunning cinematography and unsettling performances, particularly from the children at the movie's heart."

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