The White Ribbon (DVD)

Behind closed doors…

Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon is a lengthy black and white drama set in a small German town in the austere years before World War I. Yet Haneke’s latest is one of his finest works to date. His strength as a filmmaker has always been to focus on the reactions of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, such as in Cache and Funny Games, and this intense character study of villagers besieged by strange events proves mesmerising from the start.

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Blind Loves (2008)

Slovakian film-maker Juraj Lehotsky’s documentary Blind Loves is an intriguing look at relationships with a very big difference; his four subjects are all blind. Through their moving stories we see how universal emotions, thoughts and feelings are played out in a sightless world. And it’s fascinating to watch.

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