Das Weisse Band - The White Ribbon
  • Directors(s)

    Michael Haneke

  • Production Year

    2009

  • Release date

    13/11/2009

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, Thriller

  • Approx. running minutes

    144m

  • Cast

    Burghart Klausner, Josef Biebichler, Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur

Film

Das Weisse Band - The White Ribbon

Contains child abuse references
  • Directors(s)

    Michael Haneke

  • Production Year

    2009

  • Release date

    13/11/2009

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, Thriller

  • Approx. running minutes

    144m

  • Cast

    Burghart Klausner, Josef Biebichler, Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur

THE WHITE RIBBON (DAS WEIßE BAND) is a subtitled German drama, set in a small German town in 1913, and in which rigid class and family boundaries are eroded, as accidents, vandalism and violence increasingly pervades the inhabitants' lives.

Theme

Although the film is quite restrained in its visual detail, there are strong tonal elements. Bullying and sexual abuse occurs, as does the sexual abuse of a teenage girl by her father and the aftermath of the torture of a disabled child.

The film also contains references to suicide and sight of hanged man.

There is also a scene in which a horse falls in a manner that suggests it was tripped in a way that is prohibited by the Cinematograph (Animals) Act of 1937. However, this is a computer generated effect and the horse was not harmed.

  • Classified date

    01/10/2009

  • BBFC reference

    AFF263353

  • Language

    German