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White Ribbon, The
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On the brink of WWI, the peace and tranquility are gradually eroded in a small, idyllic, German farming community in this intriguing, eerie, Oscar-nominated, black-and-white film, which is Bergmanesque in tone, setting, direction, and photography, after the widowed town doctor (Rainer Bock) is intentionally injured in his own backyard, a farmer's wife dies, the young son (Fion Mutert) of the wealthy baron (Ulrich Tukur) and his beautiful wife (Ursina Lardi) is found brutally caned, a cabbage patch is destroyed, a barn is burnt to the ground, and the mentally challenged son (Eddy Grahl) of an abused midwife (Susanne Lothar) is beaten and a suspicious 31-year-old schoolteacher (Christian Friedel), who is engaged to shy woman (Leonie Benesch) living with her parents (Detlev Buck and Anne-Kathrin Gummich), begins to ponder whether some of the stifled children (Maria-Victoria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Janina Fautz, et al.) who may be rebelling against their strict, moral upbringing are involved, including those of the strict Protestant pastor (Burghart Klaußner) and his wife (Steffi Kühnert).

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