The White Ribbon 8/10
The White Ribbon is a beautifully shot, deliberately paced film about a small agrarian village in northern Germany just before the first World War. The cinematography appears to be inspired by Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer. Viewers who look for a literal explanation to the mysterious goings-on in this village will be sorely disappointed. Considering the historical context, the overriding themes in the film, and director Michael Haneke's professed intentions in making the film, one can see how it explores the roots of evil and theorizes that repression and fundamentalism beget extremism, violence, and brutality. These circumstances sowed the seeds for the rise of fascism and totalitarianism in war-torn Europe.