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Cannes 2009 Day 8: Haneke Passes Down ‘The White Ribbon’ to Future Generations

It’s not the kids, but the adults who are lacking in moral fiber in Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, a picture that is a departure for a director who would normally be a little bit more savage with his characters.

It’s not the kids, but the adults who are lacking in moral fiber in Michael Haneke‘s The White Ribbon, a picture that is a departure for a director who would normally be a little bit more savage with his characters. Set in a small village where nothing goes unnoticed, this precursor to the WWI toils with the idea that the innocent are victim to iron hands. A late night screening of this b&w film provided many zzz’s for the tired festival goers, literally both sides and the back of me were counting sheep. Filmed briefly during the winter and mostly during the warmer months, the monotone quality of the picture allows subtitles of the multiple mysteries – its like a game of Clue with more set pieces. Look fo my full review coming soon.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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