I saw this movie recently written about favorably and I have to opine on how it sucks.
The White Ribbon is a 2009 Austrian-German film, released in black and white, written and directed by Michael Haneke. The drama darkly depicts society and family in a northern German village just before World War I. According to Haneke, the film is about "the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature."
Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (literally, "The White Ribbon, a German Children's Story") premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in May 2009 and won the Palme d'Or, followed by positive reviews and several other major awards, including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film received two nominations for Academy Awards: 2009 Best Foreign Language Film (representing Germany) and 2009 Best Cinematography (Christian Berger).
I didn't despise this movie, but I didn't like it and I would absolutely not recommend it. The best parts of this movie was actually the unintentionally innocent parts, like the school teachers courtship of the young woman/girl. However, I have to totally agree with one review that just utterly trashed this movie, saying that the movie essentially blames Nazism on overly religious parents, parents who are sexually depraved or otherwise cruel or strict towards their children. The ending of the movie absolutely sucks and there is no resolution of the mystery of the town. You either take away one of two things:
Nazism is caused by ridiculously strict parents
The kids of this town may or may not be a bunch of cruel fucks.
I saw this movie like half a year ago and from what I remember, except for the people who the movie is not really about (the teacher and his fiance) there is hardly any character development thus leading to the characters being indistinguishable and thus the events had little meaning. Garbage.
Rating: 5/10 (It could have been worse if it was Robin Hood Men In Tights)