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What a film! Starts with a mystery. Someone is arranging accidents around town, but who is it? And why? Well...we never find out, but it gives us plenty to think about. The film is set in Germany just before the first world war, and we see life in a village where the children are pretty much all abused in different ways by their families. It seems to be showing us, or attempting to explain the rise of the nazis by showing us their childhood years. How do you raise evil? After watching it you might have this sense of slight disappointment that the mystery wasn't solved, but then it stays with you, and you can't shake it, and you end up thinking about it more and more. That's powerful film making!