The White Ribbon

Michael Haneke’s deeply unsettling film is set in a small village in northern Germany in 1913. A series of violent events disturb the placid surface of the small community, revealing strong undercurrents of repression and resentment. ‘The White Ribbon is a ghost story without a ghost, a whodunnit without a denouement, a historical parable without a lesson, and for two and a half hours this unforgettably disturbing and mysterious film leads its viewers alongside an abyss of anxiety.’ (Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian.)