The White Ribbon, directed by Michael Haneke, has recently premiered at the German Film Festival here in Australia and has opened up nationally in cinemas. This film delves deep into the lives and not-so-pleasant events of a small German town immediately prior to the outbreak of the first world war. Shot in bleak, monochromatic black and white, the quiet patterns of the town are loudly broken by strange and increasingly nasty events. Guilt, violence, denial – the themes are all here.
The film won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, was nominated for two Oscars, and is truly a work of art. It is of significant Jewish interest because it the director is trying to explain the genesis of the Nazi generation and the roots of the Holocaust: these children, with their random acts of cruelty, will grow up to be that generation of Germans.
Here is a link to my video review of The White Ribbon: