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The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Reviews

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½ February 17, 2016
Grade: A (92%)
Rating: 9/10 - Excellent
February 9, 2016
An immersive and starkly harrowing film, rich with mystery. Superb performances, masterfully shot. All-time great.
½ January 26, 2016
Beautiful and haunting
December 12, 2015
It starts with Nietzsche, then they tied you to a bed. Next, you schedule a Holocaust. Don't give anyone an opportunity to be raised like this. Ever.
December 2, 2015
Interesting story and characters, but the pace is super slow.
October 30, 2015
No question will be asked about Haneke's direction and the overall handling of the project. But, has any one found a clue on what this story trying to tell ? An iota of thing that lead to Nazism lately on Germany ? Somewhere something is wrong !
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2015
The White Ribbon immediately draws comparison with films by Ingmar Bergman and Lars Von Trier. Unlike in Bergman's films, here the black-and-white often feels desaturated or washed out. Unlike in von Trier's films (which I sometimes like even while disliking them), the darkness is unpoetical. -- I must admit I turned off the film at about the 90 minute mark, not because the abuse featured was fantastically horrorific but rather continually degrading. There was not much of a plot and no sense of mystery as to what was going on. There was no compelling reason to continue watching.
½ September 25, 2015
Everything is perfectly organized in the village, everybody has a role, and stiks to it, and everybody seems to be happy. Things are working.
However, something happens ... all these "normal" people unveil their deep self, and some of them are so mean, so evil, to be disturbing.
The film is, actualy, a crime story. A thriller. But ...
September 13, 2015
If you like interesting cinema, fresh approach, and good story-telling, this is the film for you.
August 17, 2015
Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon purports to center around a series of violent crimes in a small German town, a rigid and bleak bastion of oppressive religious moralizing, toxic masculinity, and strict social constructs that reduce its inhabitants to faceless drones. This is ultimately the point Haneke is getting at, using the violent acts as a means of revealing what human beings are capable of carrying out and putting up with in their every day lives when put into positions power, exposing the root of what ultimately breeds the evil that permeates society. Deliberately paced and gorgeously photographed, The White Ribbon is both a flawless work of social commentary and a compelling piece of human drama, amounting to one of the greatest films of the decade.
Super Reviewer
August 1, 2015
On the surface it's a story about life in a small town in Germany, but it's what's simmering beneath that is the real story.
June 2, 2015
Had a better impression after watching it a second time; this time awake! Starke and not as simple as it seems as it deals with evil and its effects on the community whether manmade or naturally caused.
May 14, 2015
With excellent B&W cinematography, unusual camera framings and held scenes, this film has much to offer. There is an air of mystery that pervades the film but at times it was disjointed and some scenes were unnecessary. The ending came on too quickly and the lack of resolution ultimately unsatisfying. AANFL 1001
April 27, 2015
outstanding. a slow, dark, tense study of evil and morals in a German village just before the first world war. fine, understated acting is matched by uncompromising black and white cinematography, and a sparsity of edits that really manages to let you into the deeply unsettled atmosphere of the piece, and the place. easily one of the films of the year.
April 10, 2015
Brilliant societal and cultural study that attempts to capture the ways evils form. Featuring stunning cinematography by Christian Berger.
December 28, 2014
Haneke himself stated that this movie's a reflection about the root of terrorism, well i've to agree there. Funnily it also depicts how society has become nowadays, full of deceit, malice, brutality, etc, it shows how rotten a society could be.
December 16, 2014
One of the most suspenseful and scary movies I've ever seen.
October 24, 2014
...this tale a bit too patiently told, sometimes even a total drag to watch! Not an easy one to sit through, but I found it to be very compelling and worth seeing!
October 13, 2014
In what universe does this movie depict the emergence of national socialism as described in the Movie Info?
½ September 17, 2014
Michael Haneke movie set in Protestant northern Germany, 1913-1914 - the theme is radicalism and its just as true/possible of any country/religion 100yrs later in in 2014.
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