"An amazingly intense and brilliant film. I don't agree with Geoff Andrew about the implausibilities. The headmistress was trying to deal with an unusual situation, and while trying to do her best, ended up handling the affair appallingly badly. The situation snowballed, and gave free rein to a witch hunt. I agree that poor Fanny the dog might as well have had a target painted onto her side, but her part in the story was necessary to give depth to Klara's attachment to Lucas. Wonderful performances and a beautifully shot film. Completely engrossing."