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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The White Ribbon Blu-Ray Review

The White Ribbon Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?

Review: The White Ribbon took me by surprise.  It looked rather boring to be honest, but once it got going, it was anything but.  It was rather dark and twisted to be honest.  I mean that in the best of ways.  Its definately not for the squeamish.

This black and white film is set in a World War One era Germany.  The black and white coloring is a great little trick to give it that vintage and authentic feel.  This film goes into some very disturbing and graphic punishment rituals that may shock some and intrigue others.  It was a great watch, full of drama and a bit of mystery.  In the end, I'd say its one of the most outstaning films I've seen this year.

The special features on the blu-ray release include:
  • Making of White Ribbon
  • My Life
  • Cannes Film Festival Premiere
Interest Range: WWI era, Dark Drama, Adults only