2009: #4 The White Ribbon

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Directed by: Michael Haneke
Written by: Michael Haneke
Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Susanne Lothar, Mercedes Jadea Diaz, Burghart Klaußner, and Josef Bierbichler
Distributer: Sony Pictures Classics
Country: Germany
Language: German
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 2/5/2010
Date seen: 2/5/2010
Worldwide Box Office Gross: 16 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 2
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Sound Design, Editing, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Foreign)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Foreign)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] The White Ribbon feels in many ways like the culmination of what Michael Haneke had been working towards for the better part of his career.  Like most of Haneke’s films, there is an aura of absolute dread here but it isn’t because of any overly tangible threat, it’s more out of a general sense that there’s something amiss in the world.  Dealing once again with the theme of generational guilt, the film is set in pre-World War I Germany and suggests that there something amiss with an a generation of young people who will eventually go on to become Nazis.  There’s no real sense of resolution to be found by the film’s end and you leave the theater profoundly disturbed, but not for any real reason that you can place your finger on.

#5 Year End Honors #3

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