Saturday, 18 February 2017

Freeview film of the day : saturday 18th of February

The White Ribbon (2009 137min.) [BBC2 12.55am sunday]

Period mystery drama from director Michael Haneke, starring Christian Friedel and Ulrich Tukur. When a series of supposed accidents occurs in a outwardly idyllic north German village in the early 1910s, tension between the residents grows and it becomes apparent than everyone, young or old, has something to hide.

Genuine modern classic from Michael Haneke which won the Palme D'Or at Cannes and a whole bunch of other awards.

Everything about it is right - from the story, which is essentially a parable for the rise of the far-right in Germany, to the ensemble cast, the superb production design and Christian Berger's gorgeous photography.

Haneke builds suspense and disquiet through every scene and creates a haunting psychological thriller which I thoroughly recommend.

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