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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.
That one movie we were all forced to watch during the Holocaust unit at school.
Needless to say this was a beautiful and heartbreaking masterpiece about how friendship knows no prejudice and how quickly innocence can be lost. The last few minutes of the film with the suffering captives and then the shattering silence that followed is enough to make even the most hardened of moviegoers become a sobbing wreck. That's what everyone should feel at the end. It's meant to shake you, and if you aren't, well, reassess your core values, please.
This movie attached us to an innocent little boy who makes a friend on the other side of a fence, not knowing the reason behind his captivity. It's truly heartbreaking to see and think about the situation these innocent people were placed into. But the ending is what got to me. It's disgusting to know that that this was the fate of thousands of Jews. I truly admire this story and the chance to see what it must've been like for the Jews and even the Germans who wanted no part in the heinous crimes that took place. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone.
I'm a total sucker for these types of films, but honestly even if you aren't, it's still worth watching. I personally think it's brilliant. Devastating, heart wrenching, fairly slow plot along the way but a quick turn of events at the very end. Film constantly makes you think.
SHUT YOUR MOUTH
both the cinematography and scoring were pleasing. i've read the book months ago and thought letting time pass before watching the adaptation would lessen the impact but boy, was i wrong. i'm in pain.
also, remus lupin... you motherfuck.
#tb when a friend told me to read & watch this in elementary school so i did and i was ruined for life
(also, i didnt remember remus lupin was in this and i have never felt this betrayed)
the first movie and one of the only few that made me shed a tear.... 😔
What I love about this movie is how tame it is. Which is saying something given the content. I don't recall much if any profanity, the violence is reserved which gives it weight. It's almost family friendly, again, if not for the content. But it's still a great film. I guess the restraint adds to the innocence of the main character.
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