The White Ribbon
Does this film live up to its considerable acclaim and awards at Cannes?
In a word, yes.
Perhaps we've seen this sort of film before - looking at the brutality of a supposedly closed, innocent rural community - but seldom have I seen it so subtle, understated, but... damn potent. While there are many excellent performances - particularly from the children - Maria-Victoria Dragus is something of a standout among the young talent. There's so much left unsaid about her which she manages to make blatantly clear in her scenes.
But again you're either someone who's seen this, desperately wants to see this, or hasn't heard of it and may be none too interested, so these comments probably matter for naught.