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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Creepy depiction of a distorted society. The mystery and the evil narrated in this film are of an unexpected dimension.
Although the action is confined to a small rural village, it's repressive values and decaying structure redirects us to Germany as a whole. It is possible that the origins of war lie in this context.
Absolutely fantastic. Everything about this movie is on point: music, cinematography, plot, acting, characterization, the Disturb-O-Meter. Never have I so loathed a character in a film as much as I have the Pastor. I could go on, but save yourself the time and watch it.