silas_firth’s review published on Letterboxd :
This is perhaps the most tragic film I've watched.
But it's a film about one of the most tragic periods of time in history.
Set in Germany, during World War 2, the film follows the story of Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family. With the promotion of his father in the German army, their family must move to the country where his father will oversee some important operations.
Longing for adventure, and missing his friends, Bruno escapes into the woods where he discovers a "farm," a labor camp for Jews.
The film follows the unlikely friendship that grows between Bruno and Shmuel, one of the boys in the camp.
The film has a number of qualities. The acting is good, and the actors have to handle a wide variety of emotions. From the innocence in the two eight-year-old boys to the difficult range of emotion in the parents.
This is a film about truth. While it is unpleasant and horrific, it's a story that must be told and remembered. Rated 4 stars for good acting, some powerful scenes, and kudos to the filmmakers for their willingness to tell the truth, even when it's unpleasant.
Is the film enjoyable? Not really.
But I think you should watch it.