Hanky-panky with Michael Haneke

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The White Ribbon, which won director Michael Haneke the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is a slow, sinister tale of a village in Germany on the eve of the Great War, in which a series of unfortunate tragedies take place. A local teacher (Christian Friedel) begins to suspect that a group of angel-faced children might know more than they're letting on.

Unlike Haneke's 2008 remake of his own Funny Games, the violence here is implied rather than splayed out across the cinema screen. Nevertheless a similarly potent air of grim foreboding permeates every frame (beautifully composed in black and white by cinematographer Christian Berger). But before we accuse the director of being too po-faced, enjoy the clip above, which shows that — be they in horse-drawn cart or Vauxhall Astra — first dates can be a nightmare to navigate. 

The White Ribbon is out in cinemas on Friday