The Barossa Film Club’s last offering for 2012 is a 2009 film, “The White Ribbon”. Directed by Michael Haneke, it stars Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi and Leoni Benesch. On the eve of World War ll in Eichwald, a village in Protestant northern Germany, the oppressed children of the pastor, the widowed doctor and the disliked landowner Baron experience a series of bizarrely violent incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. The film is full of clues but explanations are few; yet it is mesmerising thanks to consummate acting of the ensemble cast, and to the crisp black and white photography that evocatively recreates a world on the brink of catastrophe. The film hints darkly at the fascist society that breeds such people – or is it the other way around? (Quoted from Urbancinefile, At the Movies) Dialogue is in German with English subtitles.
As this is our last film for the year, we are starting at 7 pm instead of 7.30, to share some wine and cheese, before the short German film “Three Travellers” at 7.30 pm followed by the main feature after a short intermission. “The White Ribbon” is a serious and thought-provoking film. Everybody is most welcome to attend.