Set in a rural German village in 1913, brutal authority is enforced by the baron and the pastor. Malevolent occurences involving the upper class gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. A school teacher investigates and slowly discovers the incredible truth.
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A lot more nuanced than people make it out to be. I remember a friend's comment on it when it first came out: "I felt responsible for 9/11 after I left the theater." I think he just read the Wikipedia page in order to figure out how to "read" the film. Also, many here have noted the references/similarities to Tarr and Bergman, but for me the ghosts of Tarkovsky and Bresson are just as present if not more so.
The birth of evil in a constantly woeful environment, where hypocrisy-ridden oppression leads to an inevitable revolution and violence speaks louder than words. This is Haneke's crowning achievement and one of the best films of the last few years. It includes some of the most beautiful images I've ever seen in my life, as well as some truly shocking scenes, instantly followed by moments of pure emotional drainage.