DVD: The White Ribbon, For retail & rental, (Artificial Eye)

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In a German village in the year before the First World War, the feudal hierarchy is shaken by a series of injuries and deaths, some of them accidental, some of them definitely not, until the spite beneath the village's civilised surface is laid bare.

Shot in crisp black and white, and unfolding over two-and a half hours, Michael Haneke's austere Palme d'Or-winner isn't the most fun film you'll ever watch, nor does it have a satisfying resolution. But it grips and it doesn't let go.