The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)



Critic Consensus: The White Ribbon effectively utilizes tension and a bleak atmosphere to deliver a thought-provoking examination of nascent fascism.

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Set in a Northern German village before World War I during the decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire, depicts the emergence of national socialism.
Rating: R (for some disturbing content involving violence and sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By: Michael Haneke
Written By: Michael Haneke , Jean-Claude Carriere
In Theaters: wide
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Christian Friedel
as The Schoolteacher
Ulrich Tukur
as The Baron
Ursina Lardi
as Marie-Louise, the Baroness
Fion Mutert
as Sigmund
Michael Kranz
as The Tutor
Steffi Kühnert
as Anna, the Pastor's Wife
Johanna Busse
as Margarete
Yuma Amecke
as Annchen
Gabriela Maria Schmeide
as Emma, the Steward's Wife
Josef Bierbichler
as The Steward
Theo Trebs
as Ferdinand
Rainer Bock
as The Doctor
Susanne Lothar
as The Midwife
Ernst Jacobi
as The Narrator, The School Teacher
Detlev Buck
as Eva's father
Luzie Ahrens
as Schoolgirl
Gary Bestla
as Schoolboy
Leonard Boes
as Schoolboy
Sophie Czech
as Schoolgirl
Selina Ewald
as Schoolgirl
Nora Gruler
as Schoolgirl
Tim Guderjahn
as Schoolboy
Ole Joensson
as Schoolboy
Lena Pankow
as Schoolgirl
Sebastian Pauli
as Schoolboy
Franz Rewoldt
as Schoolboy
Alexander Sedl
as Schoolboy
Nino Seide
as Schoolboy
Marvin Ray Spey
as Schoolboy
Malin Steffen
as Schoolboy
Lilli Trebs
as Schoolgirl
Paul Wolf
as Schoolboy
Michael Schenk
as Criminal Police Officer
Hanus Polak Jr.
as Criminal Police Officer
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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (31)

As for Haneke's handling of the material, his directing is immaculate. Every moment is the product of a penetrating mind and a steady talent.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

The White Ribbon is a stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.

Full Review… | February 25, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Writer-director Michael Haneke doesn't pull any punches, but then he doesn't throw any wild ones, either. His filmmaking shows precisely the sort of obsession with control that the movie itself is denouncing. Interesting, you've got to admit.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Haneke tells this tale a bit too patiently for my taste. But the metaphors are unmistakable, as is the power of the film's message.

Full Review… | February 17, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled.

Full Review… | February 11, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Haneke has dramatized his intellectual conceits in an uninvolving, snail-paced movie that illustrates its themes in an obvious, almost banal manner.

Full Review… | February 11, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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