TANNÖD // Director: Bettina Oberli // Cast: Julia Jentsch / Monica Bleibtreu / Volker Bruch / Brigitte Hobmeier // Production: Wüste Film / Constantin Film / Hugofilm // Year: 2009
Variety - Oberli and her tech team — especially d.p. Stephane Kuthy, often shooting in handheld closeup, and Swedish composer Johan Soderqvist, working in Philip Glass mode — create some chilling sequences of dread and horror. Visual standout is a sequence in which the villagers emerge en masse from the dark, surrounding forest to gaze at “evil” Tannoed farm; one of the creepiest scenes is Kathrin’s sudden realization of what may well be the truth.
tasteofcinema.com - Together with the dim lighting, a dense forest which looks like it’s straight out of the Grimms’ fairy tale adds a lot to a creepy atmosphere and becomes a character on its own. And Stéphane Kuthy’s icy cold photography complements the film’s dark subject matter.