About

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

7.8
400
Directed by

Michael Haneke

Written by

Michael Haneke (Screenplay)

Runtime

144 minutes

Country

Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Austria

Language

German

Cast

Keywords

pastor nanny propaganda 1910s small village authority shame child abuse school teacher village people puritan future war punishment tailor suppression east elbia violence

Lists

#18 on The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films BBC

#417 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#18 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year