Retrieved August 30, Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent. Distraught, Bruno goes to apologise to Shmuel, but finds him gone. Like Pavel, the kitchen worker who cooks all of Bruno's meals, the young boy is wearing striped pajamas.
It has a finale designed to shock. Moving film about those in concentration camps in WWII. An oversimplification of the Holocaust, yes, as a very young German boy during WWll accidentally discovers exactly what his camp commandant dad does for a living, but to be forgiven its chosen naive viewpoint in respect to its chosen naive audience: An upper class German boy befriends a boy in a concentration camp.
Told from the perspective of a child, the foolishness of the adults in this story comes in stark relief, which is one of the film's strengths, especially considering all the films made on this subject. Good performances by Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis hammer home the film's point. I did think that the conclusion was contrived and needed too much help from the protagonists' naivete in order for it to work.
Overall, this is a strong, unique film about the Holocaust. If you've read my review for Pearl Harbor, then you'll know that I had a bad experience when my teacher showed a movie in a history class.
This movie was actually good, really good as a matter of fact. I had not seen the movie prior to watching it in my history class and I heard a lot of things about it: To start, this movie got me hooked almost right away. Just from the opening scene I could tell that the little boy was going to go through some tough stuff. Asa Butterfield Very interesting name plays young Bruno and he did a really good job. David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga two extremely underrated actors play the mother and father and do a great job.
I really liked how they showed how young children were brainwashed into thinking Jews were bad people. There's this one scene where the kids have a tutor and he's reading a bunch of crap about how Jews were responsible for the war. Seeing the guy I was thinking to myself "That guy is a dick but he represents what life was like back then. I won't spoil the ending but it's one of those things where when it happens, you just say "Oh my god, did that just happen?
More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Season 7 Black Lightning: Season 2 The Deuce: Season 2 Doctor Who: Season 11 The Flash: Season 3 Saturday Night Live: Season 4 This Is Us: Season 3 The Walking Dead: View All Photos The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war.
When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well.
Did you know that? There was such a thing as manners after all. If you ask me, we're all in the same boat.
Why do you wear pajamas all day? They took all our clothes away. My dad's a soldier, but not the sort that takes people's clothes away. In the huts, in the distance. They're all dressed the same. You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you're pretending to be. He thought that all the boys and girls who lived here would be in different groups, playing tennis or football, skipping and drawing out squares for hopscotch on the ground.
Shmuel has problems of his own; his father has gone missing after those with whom he participated in a march did not return to the camp. Bruno decides to redeem himself by helping Shmuel find his father. The next day, Bruno, who is due to leave that afternoon, dons a striped prisoners' outfit and a cap to cover his unshaven head, and digs under the fence to join Shmuel in the search. Bruno soon discovers the true nature of the camp after seeing the many sick and weak-looking Jews, much to his shock.
While searching, the boys are taken on a march with other inmates by Sonderkommandos. At the house, Gretel and Elsa discover Bruno's disappearance. After they discover the open window he went through, Elsa bursts into Ralf's meeting to alert him that Bruno is missing. Ralf and his men mount a search. Led by a dog tracking Bruno's scent they find his discarded clothing outside the fence.
Elsa and Gretel are following along behind. They enter the camp, looking for him; Bruno, Shmuel and the other inmates are stopped inside a changing room and are told to remove their clothes for a "shower". They are packed into a gas chamber , where Bruno and Shmuel hold each other's hands. A Schutzstaffel soldier pours some Zyklon B pellets inside, and the prisoners start panicking, yelling and banging on the metal door. When Ralf realises that a gassing is taking place, he cries out his son's name, and Elsa and Gretel fall to their knees in despair and mourn Bruno.
The film ends by showing the closed door of the now-silent gas chamber, indicating that all prisoners, including Bruno and Shmuel, are dead. Bruno's father, Ralf, is taken by soldiers and he quietly goes with them.
Elsa and Gretel return to Berlin. The site's critical consensus reads, "A touching and haunting family film that deals with the Holocaust in an arresting and unusual manner, and packs a brutal final punch of a twist. James Christopher, of The Times , referred to the film as "a hugely affecting film. In the Chicago Sun-Times , Roger Ebert said the film is not a reconstruction of Germany during the war, but is "about a value system that survives like a virus".
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