YMMV / The White Ribbon

  • Harsher in Hindsight: The conclusion reached at the end of the film, that the children were the ones committing the crimes, is eerily reminiscent of a horrifying murder case that happened in Israel only a year later: a girl named Tair Rada was brutally murdered in her school’s bathroom, and the janitor, Roman Zadorov, was convicted based on shoddy police work, relying on refuted evidence and a confession from the alleged perpetrator who spoke poor Hebrew; later evidence surfaced suggesting even more strongly that he was innocent, and it was probably her schoolmates who had murdered her, but the Supreme Court denied his appeal.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Pastor's publicly berating his daughter in front of her class. It leads to her taking revenge against his humiliating authoritarianism by stabbing her father's pet bird to death.
  • The Woobie: Most of the children in the village, particularly the midwife’s mentally handicapped son, who gets attacked and mutilated by whoever is committing the crimes.
    • To say nothing of the fact that he may very well end up being murdered during Aktion T4.