The White Ribbon (2009)

The White Ribbon (2009) — Wow, what a profoundly unsettling movie.  This is my introduction to Michael Haneke, who I have been hearing about for a while, and I got to say it is a really strong introduction.  The black and white cinematography is nothing short of beautiful and there is a sort of stylized naturalism [if that makes any sense] to the acting that really helped sell me on the versimilitude of this little German village.  The opening lines about how the story will help to “explain some of the things that have happening in this country [Germany]” should be the first clue that something is seriously amiss.  Damn, this was a great film.

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