Space: A village in Austria;
Time: before the events that precipitated into World War I.
Strange events happen where people is hurt or die, and the children in the village seen to be involved somehow. Evil is around everywhere. Intollerance is one of its signs.
The viewer won't know that really happened. But this won't block him to try to understand, Haneke-trapped once again...
The movie's B&W image is amazing. The rigid camera angles reflect the contrived life of these characters in a beautiful way. And gives the story the look of a fable.