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The White Ribbon

  R HD Closed Captioning

Michael Haneke

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Plot Summary

In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 137
  • Fresh: 117
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The quintessential art film: slow, demanding, and rewarding for those willing to put forth the intellectual effort necessary to puzzle out its ambiguities. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Sep 20, 2012

Fresh: There's no denying this is a coldly commanding tale in which Haneke's signature obsessions simmer quietly as subtext before bursting into the open in the final reels. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


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Another great from Haneke

Haunting and never a dull moment.

a fascinating window into pre war germany

fascinating to read reviews of people who did not understand this movie. to say that this movie is boring is one thing (i guess you just don't like to use your brain when you watch movies ... but then don't rent a movie by Haneke), but to say that this movie has no meaning/sense it just ridiculous. it is mentioned right at the beginning that we are going to witness the life of people who would later end up being part of nazi germany. the movie was a window into a part of german society and culture that laid the foundation for what happened later. it is not an excuse but a try to understand. it might be hard for non-germans to understand ... it was definitely not an easy movie. but to say that it was a movie that had no meaning is just ridiculous.

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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