1913: Seemingly casual acts of violence and cruelty afflict a remote German village – are they random acts of vindictive revenge or is someone paying for a guilty secret? This superbly crafted drama (from the director of Hidden) posits the moral vacuum in the heartland of Germany that possibly allowed the seeds of Nazism to flourish. But can we trust our narrator? Shot in an austere steely monochrome, with flawless performances, this is contemporary European art-house cinema at its absolute best. Compulsory viewing!


Michael Haneke

Germany 2009 145m