A couple of days ago we went to see “Das weisse Band. Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte” (“The White Ribbon”), an Austrian-German movie which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and apparently is nominated for the Oscar as well.

The movie takes place in a small protestant Northern German village and focuses a group of children and their families. A narrator, the teacher, tells us what happened in 1913/14: One day the doctor has an accident while riding his horse, but it soon becomes evident that someone has consciously effectuated it by straining a cord. The suspect cannot be revealed. This accident does not stay the only one, more are to follow, and appear to be a punishment aimed at the Janus-faced doctor, pastor, and baron.

The movie is black-white, and only when the choir sings you hear music – a very interesting view-listening experience.