My Thoughts on The White Ribbon

When this film, which won the Palme D’or at Cannes, won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, I was embarrassed to say that I never previously heard of the film.  I made sure to remedy that by seeing the film as soon as possible.

The film takes place in a small German town during the year before the start of the first World War.  A series of incidents has the town rattled and skeletons start coming out of the closet.

The white ribbon of the title represents the innocence of childhood and it can be said that innocence, and the loss of it, is one of the major themes of the film.

I believe this is a film that requires multiple viewings to fully grasp what’s going on, especially since there were still some unanswered questions as the film’s final shot faded to black.

If anything, I can now say that I support this film to pick up the Best Foreign Film Oscar and I look forward to that eventual second viewing.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).