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Synopsis

A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual... Who is behind it all? The schoolteacher observes, investigates and little by little discovers the incredible truth. Are we being asked to consider whether these events heralded something that would explode years later with the rise of Nazi Germany? Did these events contain the germs of the tragedies that followed? Acclaimed auteur Michael Haneke (Hidden, Funny Games) returns to his classic themes of guilt, denial and violence in this haunting and provocative feature which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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Michael Haneke

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DVD catalogue number: ART479DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART007BD

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

Also part of The Films of Michael Haneke box set

GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke

DURATION: 144 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Italy, Austria, Germany

LANGUAGES: German

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