When I am lost in a good film, I find that time seems to dissolve into space and I need a slap in the face to awaken me from the catatonic state I seem to evolve into. This movie did that to me for most part of the film. The children always managed to mesmerize me but I also found the cinematography and camera work to be part of the reason for being lost. The brilliance of the cinematography throughout helps wake the film up and bring to life breathtaking scenes that seem to invite themselves into the audience's lap. It presents clean shots that illuminate the screen and the beautiful imagery is almost reason enough for it to have won one of the most prestigious awards in film.
The White Ribbon weaves its way into cinematic brilliance for its unique ability to pull the viewer into the screen, for its awe-inspiring cinematography, and an unexplainable certain something that seems to be the secret recipe for a Palme d'Or winner. This is something that Hollywood can't compete with.
The film is spoken in German but I did not for one moment find the English subtitles to pull focus. It's a must for cinematic fiends who find themselves searching for a unique storyline accompanied by high class filmmaking standards who want to be left thinking.