Extremely enjoyable period piece
Martin from Wexford, 20 Mar 2015
I can see why this won a Palme d'Or. It is a cleverly stitched tale of an early 20th Century German village. The characters and setting could really be anywhere at that period in time. There is an omnipotent landowner, and an omnipresent pastor. Sounds familiar....? Wonderfully shot in black and white which adds to the sense of period. The innocence that was shattered throughout the film, if indeed there was innocence, was given a final death knell with the onset of the First World War. It is Art House, but please try it, you won't be disappointed.
Stunning art movie, but long and slow moving
Brigid from Galway, 17 Dec 2010
A very good, thought provoking film. However it is very long and rather slow moving, and I found the narrator character unconvincing and slightly irritating. Visually it is quite stunning. each scene is like a beautifully composed black-and-white photograph. The period detail is excellent and it gives a fascinating insight into the social mores of early 20th Century Germany. This really is an "art house" movie, so you have been warned!
Paul from Cork, 28 Apr 2010
From a film making point of view this is certainly an interesting piece of work and highly unusual. For example, halfway through the film, I suddenly realised that there is no music soundtrack in the film besides the choir church scenes performed by the actors. It's not light entertainment but definitely worth watching once at least.
My own fault
christina from Limerick, 27 Aug 2010
I hired this dvd thinking it was in english but it was in german and i was gutted because it looked like a pretty good film..we watched about an hour of it.when i say watched,i mean we read the subtitles.I am sure it is a good film but only for those who could understand the dialogue
Jen from Cork, 03 Jun 2010
Compelling- but weird. intense and not for those wanting a lighter movie!