My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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.
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…
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…
I read the boo have not seen the movie but close enough
Triste. Não se minha apreensão do filme já estava contaminada pelo senso comum, mas, acompanho o voto geral: triste. O horror do Holocausto carece de palavras que possam exprimir a grandeza e profundidade de tal tragédia. O pavor dos campos de concentração vistos pelo inocente olhar de uma criança alemã.
Very powerful film. Un-nerving.
A strangely beautiful movie that highlights the total evilness of the Nazi final solution
Tragic in so many ways this film shocks to the end.
Its taken me forever to get around to watching this film. It's always been on my list ... but I've somehow never had the impetus to just sit down and watch it. And it is due to my 10 year old daughter "persuading" me to watch it with her that I did eventually get to. It was her 2nd watch of the film after having read the book ... says everything about the profound nature of the story and the fantastic storytelling.
Asa Butterfield is stellar in this as is Vera Farmiga - as always! Heart wrenching film which reminds as all of the pain and suffering which millions endured during WW2. But it also reminds us of how humanity is not designed to hate ... and that children always suffer the greatest.
The film is slow yet absorbing which is effective in this kind of film. It grasps your attention and leaves you wondering at times. I like seeing it through the eight year eyes. You get to see the innocence played out through a friendship of a Nazi child and a Jewish child which is what holds you glued to the very powerful and shattering end.
I'm impressed by the performances on this film. The two kids, especially, I believe, were incredibly awesome. I was touched by such nice bond these two kids had, and also sickened to my very core by how disgustingly unpleasant they were to Jews, and how the tutor was making Bruno and his sister read about stuff children shouldn't have to handle. The photography and direction were beautiful and the end completely unexpected. Loved it.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an awful film yea that's right an awful film, it romanticizes the Holocaust of world War two and puts it though an eight year old's eyes which turns into a really bad idea. If you want to see a good world war two film set around concentration camps watch Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List as that's a better portrayal then this is. One of the only good things I can say about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is that the acting's good. This Movie though makes me feel bad for watching it which I highly doubt was the point. Also from what I have read its not even historically accurate to having children…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I saw this film at the theater upon its release, and Karolyn and I watched it together last Saturday night during our home viewing night, when she got to pick the movies. It was her first time seeing it. The picture still registers as a powerful fable. The central image of two young boys, one in "striped pajamas," separated by a fence, retains its power. Bruno (Asa Butterfield, who would go on to play Martin Scorsese's "Hugo"), a curious young boy who likes adventure books, is the son of a Nazi commandant (David Thewlis). Schmuel (Jack Scanlon) is a prisoner in a concentration camp (perhaps based on Sachsenhausen) which Bruno believes to be a farm. Having moved with his family…
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