White Ribbon, The (Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) | Review

Director: Michael Haneke Writer: Michael Haneke Starring: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Burghart Klaussner, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rainer Bock, Susanne Lothar Welcome to the cold and grey environs of the Protestant north-German village of Eichwald during the fall harvest of 1913. Not long before the outbreak of World War I, Eichwald is still functioning as a semi-feudal society. The lord of the manor – the baron (Ulrich Tukur) – possesses a majority of the wealth and workforce of the village; the pastor (Burghart Klaußner) and the doctor (Rainer Bock) also wield some power due to their societal status. The three men enjoy absolute moral authority over the women, children and peasants of Eichwald. The baron treats his workers like slaves, caring little of their health and safety – one woman falls to her death through rotten floorboards of the baron’s sawmill, yet no one seems to care but her children. The
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