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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…
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.
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.
Tears. The acting is sublime. A story that truly reflects the horrors of what happened in the Second World War. Shout out to Asa Butterfield, Rupert Friend, and Vera Farmiga. Severe heart-break warning.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas offers an interesting and illuminating perspective of the tragedy that is the Holocaust era. Although fictional depictions of the Holocaust have appeared on the big screen many times before, this film is unique in its emphasis on childhood innocence, as it is told primarily through the eyes of the eight-year-old son of a Nazi soldier. Such an outlook comes across as extremely heart-wrenching, for the friendship that Bruno shares with the Jewish boy Shmuel is obviously meant to represent a love free of nonsensical hate and prejudice. The young actors Asa Butterfield and Jack Scanlon both do an incredible job with these roles, respectively, concerning the serious subject matter and their ages.
Powerful and heartbreaking.
This film takes place in World War II, about a boy names Bruno and the boy in the striped pajamas. I would be lying if i didn't say this was one of my favorite films I have ever seen. The development seemed a little slow, but it all gets made up for. Grab a tissue, and get ready to cry like a baby. Powerful message and lesson. 5 starts out of 5, very well deserved.
+Wird aus Sicht eines Kindes erzählt, das sollte man nicht vergessen -> Die Dialoge sind daher für den Zuschauer verständlich, wenn auch die Kinder was ganz anderes beschreiben
+Gesamter Cast überzeugt, bis in die letzte Besetzung/Rolle
+Sehr interessante Thematik des Films
+Zeigt die Realität, die in deutschen Familien herrschte
+Über den ganzen Film traurig und bedrückend erzählt
+Unterhält und lehrt zugleich
+Sehr krasses Ende
I was sick and fell asleep occasionally, but I think I didn't miss more than a couple of minutes each time :)
A well developed story and point of view on ww2. Contains a few moments where it's clear to see how easily a population is misinformed and influenced by propaganda and false/made-up stories. I think the ending would have been stronger without the use of (overly) dramatic music. I still prefer the book on which the movie is based though.
I have always heard that this movie did do the book justice and would even stay powerful to the people who know the story/ending already. I heard correct.
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