The White Ribbon

Watched this movie yesterday and loved it: Mystery, cinematography, amazing child actors, Children of the Corn minus superpowers or onscreen violence, historically timeless until it’s historically timeful, responsible use of voice-over narration. Yes please.

It’s on Netflix Instant Watch. There are a bunch of other Michael Hanake movies on there as well but none seem as smart or as interesting. I watched about a third of Funny Games this morning. Great use of music in the title sequence, but all the finger-wagging rub-your-face-in-it violence is so self-consciously provocative. It doesn’t even feel like the same filmmaker.

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7 thoughts on “The White Ribbon

  1. I loved that movie, too! It really sticks with you.

  2. Gabe Durham says:

    Nice! I bet. I’d love to have seen it in a theater.

  3. Jen DF says:

    When I talk to my kids about death, it’s going to be in German.

  4. Gabe Durham says:

    Totally. Still, I dread the day my wide-eyed little Georg asks me, “Was ist tote?”

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