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.
Although this film is pretty good, and has an interesting story, I felt that they should've focused more on the real effects of the Holocaust, rather than making up a quite outlandish story just to add in a few tears.
This film is too sad for its own good. There's no character for the audience to relate to (aside from, maybe, Vera Farmiga) and there's rarely a positive light to be seen. While I admire the filmmaking, and the solid performances this film wallows in sadness far too often
Also, if they're all German, why do they have British accents?
Man jau patīk šāda veida filmas par ww2, nometnēm un stuff. Aizkustinoši.
Un vienmēr jauki dzirdēt kādu, ko sauc tāpat, īpaši ja tas tēls nav asshole. Ok, es gan pieņemu, ka te bija Elsa, bet close enough.
Un cik forši bija bērnībā, kad tik viegli varēja sadraudzēties? What happened? Life.
Sin palabras, una película excelente, tan conmovedora, como la belleza e inocencia de sus personajes, desde el primer momento sabes que te encuentras ante una maravilla de película, sobretodo por lo sencillo pero poderoso de su soundtrack, me encanto las realidades opuestas que vivían estos personajes y su final.... increíble, te deja sin aliento. Altamente Recomendable.
What the blurb should have said is "This film will break your heart and crush your soul. Like a grape".
I'd read the book, so I knew what was coming, and the box even helpfully warns you that it's the same studio who did La vita e bella. And I still wept.
An excellent adaptation of the book (despite cutting a few things for the sake, I assume, of the running time) and very well acted, particularly by the children, though Sheila Hancock is criminally underused.
If this had been in German, I would have rated it 5 stars, no doubt. A really nice guy named Kjell read the book to my class at middle school, and his empathic reading really made me get into the story. That's why I've wanted to see the movie for a long time, and now I finally did. I'm really happy I didn't quite remember the end, though... Anyways, it's like the perfect end to a perfect story. I will highly recommend The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Like a holocaust-story for kids ... but it works. Touching!
I hate this film. I wish I could say I love it, but I hate that these things used to happen. And that people divide others based on things like religion or skin color. I feel so, so sad that I watched this as it just brought tears to my eyes and made me see that my life isn't so bad after all. Family matters, it's all that I have and I realized that I'm so, so happy that I have them and that I have as much food as I want, and I shouldn't take it for granted.
Amazing movie, which will made everyone to think about life...