The White Ribbon (21-May-2009)|
Original Title: Das weisse Band: Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
A German village is terrorized by a number of disturbing occurrences just prior to the start of World War I.
The fictional rural village of Eichwald, Germany, Protestant by nature and more or less ruled by its local pastor, is affected by events as unexplainable as they are disturbing from 1913 to 1914. A horse trips on a wire mysteriously strung between two trees, injuring the doctor on its back in a terrible fall; rotted planks at the area sawmill kill a farmer's wife, leading the farmer to hang himself out of grief; a barn burns to the ground; a man abuses his lover, while a young woman is sexually assaulted by her father. The story, intended as an allegory for the rise of reactionary thought in Germany, ends with the start of World War I.
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