Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: December 30, 2009
Summary: 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 village 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? (Sony Classics)
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Runtime: 144 min
Rating: Rated R for some disturbing content involving violence and sexuality.
Production: Canal+
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Crime
Countries: Germany, France, Italy, Austria
Languages: German, Italian, Polish, Latin
Home Release Date: Jun 29, 2010
Director Credit
Michael Haneke Director
Writer Credit
Michael Haneke Story
Principal Cast Credit
Christian Friedel The School Teacher
Ernst Jacobi The School Teacher As An Old Man
Leonie Benesch Eva
Cast Credit
Burghart Klaußner The Pastor
Fion Mutert Sigi
Johanna Busse Margarete
Josef Bierbichler The Steward
Leonard Proxauf Martin
Levin Henning Adolf
Maria-Victoria Dragus Klara
Michael Kranz The Tutor
Steffi Kühnert The Pastor's Wife
Thibault Sérié Gustav
Ulrich Tukur The Baron
Ursina Lardi The Baronin
Producer Credit
Andrea Occhipinti Producer
Margaret Ménégoz Producer
Michael Katz Producer
Stefan Arndt Producer
Ulli Neumann Line Producer
Veit Heiduschka Producer