The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, Germany, 2009)

A coldly commanding tale in which Haneke’s signature obsessions simmer quietly as subtext before bursting into the open in the final reels.
— J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

It is July 1913, and a number of mysterious incidents are causing unease in a small German village: a horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill. Winner of the 2009 Palme D’or at Cannes, White Ribbon is an oblique and disturbing mediation on the roots of evil – and a film that stays with the viewer long after watching.