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
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Directed by

Michael Haneke

Written by

Michael Haneke (Screenplay)

Runtime

144 minutes

Country

Italy, Germany, France, Austria

Language

German

Cast

Keywords

germany pastor children nanny propaganda 1910s small village child abuse school teacher village people puritan punishment tailor east elbia

Lists

#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?

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

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year