The White Ribbon

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Overview

In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions? Leonie Benesch, Josef Bierbichler, and Rainer Bock star in director Michael Haneke's Palm d'Or-winning period drama.
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Overview

In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions? Leonie Benesch, Josef Bierbichler, and Rainer Bock star in director Michael Haneke's Palm d'Or-winning period drama.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 043396352162
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 2:24:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 43,004

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Friedel The Schoolteacher, L'instituteur, The Teacher
Josef Bierbichler Le Régisseur, The Steward
Ernst Jacobi Voice Only,
Leonie Benesch Eva
Rainer Bock Le Docteur, The Doctor
Ulrich Tukur The Baron, Le Baron
Burghart Klaußner Le Pasteur, The Pastor
Ursina Lardi Marie-Louise, the Baroness, La Baronne
Fion Mutert Sigmund
Michael Kranz The Tutor
Steffi Kühnert Anna, the Pastor's Wife, La Femme du Pasteur
Maria-Victoria Dragus Klara
Leonard Proxauf Martin
Levin Henning Adolf
Johanna Busse Margarete
Yuma Amecke Annchen
Thibault Sérié Gustav
Gabriela Maria Schmeide Emma, the Steward's Wife, La Femme du Régisseur
Janina Fautz Erna
Enno Trebs Georg
Theo Trebs Ferdinand
Susanne Lothar The Midwife, La Sage-Femme
Roxane Duran Anna
Miljan Chatelain Rudolf
Eddy Grahl Karli
Branko Samarovski The Farmer,
Birgit Minichmayr Frieda
Sebastian Hülk Max
Kai Malina Karl
Kristina Kneppek Else
Stephanie Amarell Sophie
Bianca Mey Paula
Aaron Denkel Kurti
Mika Ahrens Willi
Detlev Buck Eva's father
Anne-Kathrin Gummich Eva's mother
Luzie Ahrens Schoolgirl
Gary Bestla Schoolboy
Leonard Boes Schoolboy
Sophie Czech Schoolgirl
Paraschiva Dragus Schoolgirl
Selina Ewald Schoolgirl
Nora Gruler Schoolgirl
Tim Guderjahn Schoolboy
Jonas Jennerjahn Schoolboy
Ole Joensson Schoolboy
Gerrit Langentepe Schoolboy
Lena Pankow Schoolgirl
Sebastian Pauli Schoolboy
Franz Rewoldt Schoolboy
Alexander Sedl Schoolboy
Nino Seide Schoolboy
Marvin Ray Spey Schoolboy
Malin Steffen Schoolboy
Lilli Trebs Schoolgirl
Paul Wolf Schoolboy
Margarete Zimmermann Schoolgirl
Michael Schenk Criminal Police Officer
Hanus Polak Jr. Criminal Police Officer
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey Farmer
Florian Kohler Farmer
Technical Credits
Michael Haneke Director, Production Manager, Screenwriter
Stefan Arndt Producer
Leonie Benesch Producer
Christian Berger Cinematographer
Moidele Bickel Costumes/Costume Designer
Veit Heiduschka Producer
Christoph Kanter Production Designer
Michael Katz Executive Producer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Margaret Menegoz Producer
Ulli Neumann Production Manager
Andrea Occhipinti Producer
Waldemar Pokromski Makeup
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Monika Willi Editor
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of 2009.

    "The White Ribbon" has the sort of cinematic power that affects you long after you've seen the entire film in darkened theatre. It's taken me a few days to sift through everything I've seen and have felt to really make a quality decision about the tenderness that Haneke has on display. It no doubt has the feeling of something Bergman/Nykvist would have produced in the 60's. I can only imagine that that filmmaking team was part inspiration for Haneke while writing this odd and muted film. The cinematography is certainly beautiful.

    Strange things occur through-out this film. But the strange occurrences are so much on the back-burner after they happen, that when you do think of the crimes committed in the film 30 minutes later, you get chills because what makes the crimes so horrifying isn't necessarily anything you see on screen, but the careful planning that went into them.

    As the film unfolds the grim nature of people in this little German town is slowly revealed, and the openness is so sadistic, you wonder with their faith if God will be able to judge them fairly enough to allow them a place in heaven. Are the children hiding something? Is their behavior attributed to the childish ways the adults treat each-other. Or is simply to break free from the conformity that has been taking place in the town for quite sometime?

    Michael Haneke does a terrific job at clawing under your skin even when you're unaware it has begun. He has you right where he wants you, then when all is said and done and the credits roll and you go home, only then do you feel the sting of the tight grip Haneke still holds around your mind and gut. I need to see this again. Now.

    One of the Best of 2009.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    Beautiful, be it an oppressive film, absolutely worth watching.

    Beautiful, be it an oppressive film, absolutely worth watching. The events are cruel, but some of them can be justified. It leaves you pondering not only about who is responsible for the crimes, but also what the value of Justice is in that (and our own) society. The film really is much better in its original (German) version, as the real voices of the actors are at least as important as the acting itself.

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