The White Ribbon ★★★★

This was...wow.

A film that never really reaches any particular climax, but simmers slowly and eventually burns, leaving you increasingly frenzied and uneasy. Set in a German village a few years before WWI starts, this film is reflective of the climate then and possibly foreshadows the violence ahead. It takes a close look at human cruelty and how those sinister ideas are borne - do people do bad things on their own accord, or are they products of a system that has moulded them as such? The cinematography is absolutely amazing and it perpetuates the tension felt. The performance is incredible and there’s some really powerful imagery going on as well. Brb think I need a few more hours to fully absorb this.