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…
The boy in the striped pajamas isn't the best way of telling a story because of its pace issues but it has wonderful child performances and a heart pounding ending.
While I did enjoy this movie, average child actors sort of bug me. Asa Butterfield's acting wasn't horrible, but it could have been a lot better. A lot of the time, it's all I could focus on.
I prefer the book over the movie!
very realistic image of the nazy s history. the childeren and their one way of seeing life gives a punch in the soul. a very possible situation
It's been a long time since a film had this much of an impact on me. I watched it with my son and we both sat in silence the whole way through and for a few minutes after the end. The acting from the two young boys is outstanding. It is a film I will never get bored of watching, and even though I know the end it still has the same smack in the face shock factor. A brilliant telling of a friendship from supposed enemies and innocence destroyed.
“One man caused all this trouble?”
This crushing WWII-movie featuring a young almost-Spiderman walks a fine line between over-sentimentality and touching and while it has a few missteps into the wrong side throughout, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas manages to make it through with most dignity left. It works especially well in the early parts, where we get a slow introduction to the characters and presented with some interesting issues regarding children during the holocaust. While the movie has hints of over-sentimentality already there, it still works really well.
Partially because of the splendid production value, the sets and costumes puts a fitting time-frame around the story and this is evaluated thanks to the acting as well. For some…
My 2 Cents: Pretty gripping drama. Well worth the watch if you're in
the mood for something like this. 4/5
Rotten Tomatoes: 63% (Critics)
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% (Audience)
Filmes com a visão da criança sobre um péssimo momento da sociedade são geralmente bem interessantes (Como em Labirinto do Fauno ou O ano que meus pais saíram de férias). Aqui também o roteiro ganha o espectador com facilidade (principalmente na cena final que passa o recado muito bem). O maior incômodo do filme é o fato dos nazistas falarem em inglês. O filme é simples tecnicamente. As melhores atuações estão por conta dos garotos. Os diálogos de Asa Butterfield (o futuro Hugo Cabret) e Zac Mattoon O'Brien são os grandes momentos do filme.
This was a difficult film to watch. To see the holocaust from any perspective isn't easy but to see it from the perspective of an innocent 8 year old boy is, well beyond words. It was disturbing to watch this film and think of the children that actually lived through these events. To think of the parents trying to explain what was happening while still trying to shielding their children from the horrors. As for the film itself, everything about it was well done. The performances particularly of the children were great. It really felt like you were there with them. The end left me floored. I felt like I had been hit by a train.
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