My five hundred favorite films (1940-2013).
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…
I went into this film expecting it to be tragic because its about Auschwitz. There are no happy-go-lucky films about Auschwitz. So I fully expected Jews to die, regardless of their age, and I didn't think the effect would as devastating as in other films. Mainly because of the focus being on a small German boy, a son of a Nazi death camp commandant. The last act packs an enormous emotional wallop that I wasn't really prepared for. Its depressing as hell. I do like that the film acts as a metaphor for the German people during the Holocaust. Some were naive, regardless of what they were exposed to. That's the positivity of humanity. Trying…
This film blew me away, the cinematography, the acting, the script, but most of all, the message.
All of it; Brilliant. One of the most emotional films I have ever seen. Additionally, if there was any film that honestly made me want to cry, its this one.
The sad part about this films subject though...
Is that it really happened.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Simplesmente um filme incrível, que se tornou o meu preferido. Ele mostra como viviam os judeus na época da Segunda Guerra Mundial e também mostra que muitas vezes só somos capazes de entender a dor que os outros passam quando sentimos na pele.
I admit that most, if not all, of my disdain for this movie is due to a personal pet peeve. I can't stand it when movies take childhood innocence and turn it into "kids are really fucking stupid". There comes a point very early on where the main character's naivete becomes nearly impossible to believe, especially considering that his father is an SS officer. Really? He wouldn't have already been indoctrinated by now?
The main character's friend in the concentration camp also picks up a bad case of the stupid. Maybe its due to how I've seen the Holocaust portrayed over the years, but I have a very hard time accepting the idea that anyone could be in a Nazi…
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas isn't a bad film, it's just meandering and relies too heavily on the naivety of Bruno, which, by the films (devasting) climax, has worn out its welcome. Whilst I understand the he is only a young boy and his innocence is what defines him, thus making him naive, the mother should have intervened sooner to address the goings on around him. Unfortunately she seems to suffer the same trait as her son, or at least, ignores it for the most part.
A slow start -which certainly changes pace towards the last 25 minutes - is not enough to make me agree with the masses on this one. A disappointment for me.
Focussing on the unlikely friendship over the fence between a young bot brought up in a family of a Nazi officer and a young Jewish boy in a concentration camp wonderfully explores how the innocence of childhood can overcome illogical hatred. But that is not the only element of this film I love.
The fact the family is played straight, with English actors not trying to put on German accents, but played straight, as if it were any family you could meet anywhere in England, while at the same time displaying devotion to the Nazi regime, is a beautiful and yet cold reminder that most people in Germany during the period were ordinary people and this could have happened anywhere.…
Lulls you into a false sense of security with an ordinary, some might even say dull, first act before building towards a truly devastating conclusion. Haunting stuff.
Go watch it!
Um filme muito bom, emocionante e dramático ao extremo, muito bom
Great performances from two very young actors. I didn't think the film could be even more heartbreaking than the book. Boy, was I wrong.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilja 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Trouble in Paradise
- The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
- Bicycle Thieves
- 101 Dalmatians
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- A Matter of Life and Death
- A Town Called Panic
- The Addams Family
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