Last film for 2012 scores 3.7 out of 5

“The White Ribbon” was our last screening for 2012 and scored 3.7 out of 5, reflecting the mixed reaction of the audience. This was certainly not a “feel happy” film, nor was it the modern glossy Hollywood style. However, it did make us think. The stark black and white photography and the unrelenting grimness and unhappiness of the story’s protagonists was quite confronting, although there was no overt violence. In the best traditions of the early art-form, the cruelty and rigid behaviour was implied rather than seen, but no less understood by the audience, and in fact, contributed to making it believable. Given the setting just prior to the outbteak of the Great War, the film ultimately posed as many questions as it provided answers. The question that remained at the end was: did the looming mood of fascism breed the violence or did the mood of violence give birth to the rise of fascism?