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DAS WEISSE BAND - THE WHITE RIBBON

DAS WEISSE BAND - THE WHITE RIBBON artwork

DAS WEISSE BAND - THE WHITE RIBBON

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 143m 44s

Release date 13/11/2009

BBFCInsight Contains child abuse references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Michael Haneke

Cast includes Ulrich Tukur, Susanne Lothar, Josef Biebichler, Burghart Klausner

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 03/11/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE WHITE RIBBON (DAS WEIßE BAND) is a subtitled German drama by the noted director Michael Haneke. It was passed '15' for child abuse references. The narrative is set in a small German town in 1913, where rigid class and family boundaries are eroded, as accidents, vandalism and violence increasingly pervades the lives of the inhabitants.

Although the film is quite restrained in its visual detail regarding sex, violence and child abuse, the tonal elements and appeal suggest the film is placed somewhat higher than the lower teen level. The '12A' category allows for mature themes, if the treatment is suitable for younger teenagers, but the bullying and sexual abuse contained in this film perhaps requires a level of sophistication and understanding of art and life that is beyond the average younger teenager. Haneke's film contains several scenes, though restrained in terms of detail, which are potentially powerful and harrowing in effect. These include the sexual abuse of a teenage girl by her father and the aftermath of the torture of a disabled child. There is nothing gratuitous or otherwise contextually not justified by these scenes, nor anything to suggest that these themes and images should be restricted to an adult audience. The '15' guidelines do not preclude any theme, if the treatment is suitable, nor any sex or violence, bar very strong images.

The film also contains references to suicide and sight of hanged man that are well precedented and contained by BBFC policies at the stated category. THE WHITE RIBBON opens with a sequence that includes a horse falling in a manner that suggests it was tripped in a way that is prohibited by the Cinematograph (Animals) Act of 1937. Re-examination of this stunt revealed that it was a computer generated effect and that the horse was not, in fact, harmed.

Details

Also known as
LE RUBAN BLANC, DAS WEIßE BAND
Distributor(s)
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
01/10/2009
Main language
German
Submitted run time
143m 44s
Approved footage
12936+0
BBFC reference
AFF263353
Registration number
CFJ19951

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