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Das Weiße Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

Drama | 144 minutes
3,55 1.117 votes

Genre: Drama / Mystery

Duration: 144 minuten

Alternative titles: A White Ribbon / The White Ribbon / Das Weisse Band

Country: Germany / Austria / France / Italy

Directed by: Michael Haneke

Stars: Christian Friedel, Burghart Klaußner and Ulrich Tukur

IMDb score: 7,8 (77.924)

Releasedate: 24 September 2009

Das Weiße Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte plot

Just before the outbreak of the First World War, a quiet German village is rocked by a number of inexplicable events. A rope is stretched to overthrow the doctor with his horse, a barn catches fire and two children are kidnapped and tortured. The school teacher observes and investigates the events and little by little gets closer to the terrible truth.

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The School Teacher

The School Teacher as an Old Man (voice)

The Pastor's Wife

The Doctor

Marie Louise

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avatar van BBarbie


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The particularly beautiful cinematography is by far the most striking aspect of this film, which in terms of story does not rise above the level of an average regional novel. I find the rushed ending a joke.

Similar films as L'Albero degli Zoccoli (1978) and Pelle Erobreren (1987) appeal to me much more.

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avatar van T.O.


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That this film shows the origin of a WWII generation feels a bit far-fetched, even though Haneke has confirmed it herself.

On the contrary, I saw it more as a modern look at the time and mores of über-folkloristic (Northern) Germany from the literary novels of Mann and Storm, for example. Interspersed with the director's hobbyhorses.

And in that sense extremely successful.

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