"Beautiful and haunting and stark. Don't go if you need cheering up. The sense of mystery lingers after the film, as do some of the more shocking scenes; the doctor's scene with the midwife and then his poor daughter, the parson and his 'self-loving' son, the strange children wandering menancingly and blank-faced round the village. The still landscape scenes were lovely too and there was the occasional bit of humour here and there, but not enough to give the gloomy characters more roundness and believability. Surely life wasn't that dark, even in pre-war Protestant Germany?"