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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
I teach English in the Netherlands and one of the things that has always bothered me is the fact that this generation of kids here just doesn't read anymore. They don't read Dutch novels, let alone English ones. Each year there are maybe a handful of students in their exam year who actually enjoy reading and read novels other than the ones they have to read for school.
One of the traits of modern education is a somewhat exaggerated focus on the stragglers, the ones that need that bit of extra help to reach the goals set for the completion of their career in education. While I think that this is most certainly necessary, I do feel that this often…
Exploring the horrors of the darkest period in human history & told from the viewpoint of an 8-year old boy, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a strong, heartfelt story of a forbidden friendship formed between a German boy of a Nazi official & a Jewish boy in an extermination camp and it's the evolution of their innocent relationship only that makes this film work.
Slow yet engaging in its narration, very well directed, elegantly photographed, nicely edited, wonderfully performed & calmly scored, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a simple yet effective Holocaust drama that manages to grasp your attention throughout its runtime and delivers a final twist so powerful & haunting that it's gonna leave you completely astounded, speechless & devastated in the end.
One of the breakout pieces of literature from the last decade, John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was always likely to become a movie and pretty fast, given the potentially award baiting subject matter combining childhood innocence with the pure evil of extreme Nazism, but Mark Herman's film ends up being a faithful if essentially toothless adaptation. It drew criticism in a fair few quarters for depicting a rose tinted view of the Holocaust, failing to be too unflinching in its view of the concentration camps and perhaps being too sympathetic to the Nazis who essentially make up our protagonists. You can see their point, Herman more interested in twanging the heart strings through Asa Butterfield's young main…
He used to be a doctor once, but gave it all up to peel potatoes.
Based on John Boyne's 2006 novel of the same name we follow Bruno, an eight year old child of a concentration camp commandant, as he makes his own assumptions of what the camp and it's prisoners are as no one is prepared to explain it to him. He makes friends with an 8 year old Jewish boy as he wonders why the farmers on the other side of the fence work in their pajamas.
Bruno makes assumptions on what the camp is because even though it is now walking distance from their new home, no one seems willing to tell him what's going on.…
When I first saw this movie, it got to me. It made me feel like shit. At the time, I interpreted that as meaning this was an emotionally powerful movie. Upon further reflection, I've realized what it really means: this movie is a morally bankrupt, absolutely reprehensible piece of shit.
What is the single best ways to toy with an audience's emotions?
Kill a kid.
This movie does it twice. Ooh, how bold. How daring. This movie is really impressive because it doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of war, right?
Oh, wait, wrong. Because the movie isn't saying anything. Really, what is it saying? World War 2 was bad? Innocence fucks people over? Okay. We get it. What…
A simple tale of friendship turns into literal horror.The ending itself is so powerfully directed that it is unimaginable for us to imagine the horrors undergone by those who lost their lives. A mini gem.
No, I have not logged this film in Letterboxd twice in two weeks because I hate myself. The first time I saw it because I knew I'd be watching it over the course of four weeks in class and wanted to see the whole thing in one go to get the full effect as I'd never watched it before. This second logging marks the end of watching it in class. Still horrifying, still underrated, still really good. My previous review explains all.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the type of movie that draws you in from the very first scene. While some movies about Holocaust shows us perspectives from the Jews, we could see it from the Germans from this movie. Asa Butterfield plays Bruno and brings out the innocent sense really well. it is also a movie that proves that children have a vey high curiosity and we should not prevent them to do what they wanted to do. it was a great movie but beware for the sadness. i would highly recommend this movie.
The sweet, sad tale of two children separated by the tags of race put on them. The bond of friendship that strengthens even in the presence of a electric-wire in between. A story depicting the innocence of childhood which is not lost even in harsh times
You didn't watch it, you didn't live.
Watching this before bed was a bad idea. I am emotionally wrecked. I always heard this film/book was sad and drew my own conclusions from that, but somehow I never actually got spoiled as to what it is that happens in the final act, and wow, I did not expect that. Yes, the child acting can be pretty dodgy at times, but everyone else in the cast is fantastic, the direction is actually very good, the late, great James Horner's score is heartbreaking and the whole thing is just so crushing. It brings the weight of reality down in you with a thud, reminds you just how much a life weighs, and that final sequence plays out like something out of a horror film. I don't know how I'll sleep tonight.
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2008 British historical period drama based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer John Boyne. Directed by Mark Herman, produced by Miramax Films, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film stars Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Asa Butterfield, and Jack Scanlon. It was released on 12 September 2008 in the United Kingdom, and on Thanksgiving 2008 in the United States.
The film is a Holocaust drama that explores the horror of a World War II Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys; one the son of the camp's Nazi commandant, the other a Jewish inmate.
The two main child actors. The wardrobe and set design for the period. The perspective and story telling from the eyes of the 8 year old. The well-done (and horrific) details that describe the luring, propaganda, labor, servitude, and murders taking place in concentration camps. Character archs showing how Germans fell to the sick mindset of Hitler in the name of their nation. The twist ending (which I didn't believe would go there). Great (but disturbing) pan-back at the end.
I know Germans can speak multiple languages but I couldn't get past Germans (in Germany) speaking English as primary in a film. Distracts me. German accents were nowhere to be heard it seemed. Generally takes place in two…
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Here is my "professional" review:
Fuck this jew-burning, children-starving men disappearing horror.
Just kill your enemies and be done with it for fuck's sake.
I'M GONNA PUHCH SOMEWHERE.
(Prepare yourself for the most coherently written review in your lifetime)
WHAT THE FLIPPING HECK
NO MOVIE HAS EVER UPSET ME AS MUCH AS THIS
I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS
I COULD HAVE NEVER BEEN PREPARED FOR THIS
I FINISHED WATCHING THIS ALONE AT 12:40 A.M. AND I'M CRYING AND I WANT TO RIP MY LAPTOP APART AND SCREAM BACK THROUGH HISTORY AT THE UNSPEAKABLE INHUMANITY
HOW IS THIS HUMANLY POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE COULD EVER THINK LIKE THIS
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