Wednesday October 21st 2009
MICHAEL HANEKE IS BACK AND HIS NEW FILM HAS MORE EXPLOSIONS, TANKS AND HIGH-OCTANE ACTION SEQUENCES THAN EVER BEFORE.
No, of course not. The White Ribbon (or Das Weisse Band for art ponces) is a two-and-a-half-hour epic following the inhabitants of a rural Protestant village in northern Germany shortly before World War One. Themes of repression and violence and religion and guilt are all used elegantly to convey etc etc etc
Along the way we meet priests, midwives, teachers, nannies, farmers, a Baron, his wife, hordes of freaky looking children (see above) and a doctor who looks like Conan O’Brien with a beard:
The best thing about The White Ribbon is that it’s brilliant on any level. You can watch it purely for the performances which are uniformly amazing. You can watch it just for the beautiful black-and-white cinematography. You can reflect on the metaphorical and historical significances of the film, or best of all, just become completely immersed in it’s universe.
145 minutes and not one of them a bit boring. Haneke, we salute you.