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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.
Well, I feel like crap.
An unusual friendship which causes all kinds of problems. Innocense, cruelty, uniforms :) Brilliant acting from the kids. Sad all around.
Technical points first: a bit hard to get into at the start due to heavy British accents and a lack of German culture. Writing felt a bit stiff in places, perhaps though because it was written for a younger audience.
Story points: no, an 8 year old boy would not have been in a concentration camp (he would have been gassed upon arrival, being too young for heavy labor). All the same, this film is less about concentration camps and more about the German people's oblivion to them, willful or not. It doesn't get talked about a lot, but is an important piece of history to take note of.
When I used to read to my children I found that any emotional moments in the book overwhelmingly powerful...and often they were moments that I would have found trite or manipulative if I had been reading to myself. A similar thing happened when I first saw this film. My youngest son had just read the book and wanted to see the film. I often found it moving, but that was largely because I was wondering how my son was responding. But I knew that if I was being sensible I wouldn’t have thought it was good: it was a clear example of a certain sort of film that I dislike. Partly backed by the BBC, it is too close to…
Tells the story of a young boy's loss of innocence during WWII and the Holocaust. The plot is implausible (especially the final scene), but the film has the best intentions and succeeds in meeting them. This is largely due to the performances; the cast is great, especially Asa Butterfield and Vera Farmiga as the conflicted wife of a Nazi general. Overall, I would recommend it.
Fairly bog-standard schmaltzploitation, with some uncomfortable baggage relating to its depiction of the Holocaust/camps and focus on a young child of a Nazi (with the interred Jewish child barely having a character, there solely to affect the lead's story). Even if you leave those questions aside (a tough ask), it's pretty typical stuff with beats you can easily predict and a forceful, sentimental score. The performances are strong, though, which helps keep it from being a total loss. I have no doubt that the filmmakers, and the book's author before them, have their hearts in the right place. It's just difficult to shake the feeling of exploitation.
listen.... fuck this film, it's so good. The visuals, the storyline, Vera farmiga's hair. I can't look at Remus from Harry potter the same ever again after this. fuck him too
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.
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