Controversy-courting director Michael Haneke (CACHÉ) earned the Palm d’Or at Cannes in 2009 for this arresting drama set just before World War I. In a small German village, a number of unexplained accidents beset the schoolchildren and their parents. Though they at first appear coincidental, it begins to seem that they are not, in fact, accidents at all.
One of the simplest indicators to me, in terms of how much I’ve liked a movie, is the amount of time I’ll spend at home that night reading about it. It’s bordering on 2 hours now with Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon; suffice it to say, it got my attention.