The White Ribbon (R)

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by GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

"The White Ribbon" is this year's front runner to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film and tells the black-and-white story of what is really going on inside a small German village, just before World War I.

What appears to be an idyllic setting is actually a creepy, rigid society filled with children rebelling and doing evil things.

Writer-director Michael Haneke's slow-moving psychological character study plays like a horror film and I'm mixed on the outcome. He's a terrific film-maker who takes his time and I left the theater more disturbed than enlightened.

E-mail gcogill@wfaa.com

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