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25 February 2010

The White Ribbon

directed by Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke’s uncomfortably quiet and disturbing film of a town beleaguered by a series of bizarre and cruel crimes is fascinating and terrible (and I mean that in a good way). Told as a reflective story by the town’s teacher, obviously many years later, the recounting of tragic and sinister happenings seem to unfold as by a dark force intent on crumbling the very existence of the isolated community. Haneke’s lens finds the despair and hypocrisy of such a place etched on the young faces of the town’s children, children who may be more involved than they seem. Other critics have hailed this as a classic, and while it is truly a much needed break from the crap that Hollywood has to offer, it is no A Serious Man, or The Hurt Locker, or even the visually stunning A Single Man. The White Ribbon is a haunting take on the judgments of man upon man, a glimpse of the mysterious horrors that befall us. For those of you looking for a little more combustion in your films need to see both versions of Haneke’s Funny Games (the German and American remake). Both the original German version and the English version have their strong points, and while most film snobs will hail the original as the best, I say it’s too close to call.  

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