Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The White Ribbon (2009): review: 9/10

As narrated by a schoolteacher, a series of bizzare events occur in a North German village just before The Great War:

The film depicts the life of a village through narrratives folding about several households: that of three prominant village figures- a doctor,  the landowner and the pastor, and that of a family of labourers. These households reveal a patriarchal culture of harsh discipline, hypocrisy, ignorance and unkindness: children are often the victims.

The film is beautiful, with startling images of the villages through the seasons which contrast strangely with the cruel social atmosphere.

Perhaps the film is unbalanced, but the many narratives are comunicated with immense skill and the acting is supurb.

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