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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Movie: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas(2008)[tt0914798] Bruno an eight-year-old boy from Berlin, Germany is moved with his mother, Elder sister, SS Commander father to a countryside in Europe where his father powers over a concentration camp for Jews. Bruno went "exploring" one day and befriended a child his age named Shmuel. Shmuel was a Jew. The boy became good friends until Bruno was scheduled to move to a new location.
Title The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Release Date 12 September 2008 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Drama, War
Production Companies Miramax, BBC Films, Heyday Films
Asa Butterfield
Asa Butterfield...
Bruno...
Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga...
Mother...
Cara Horgan
Cara Horgan...
Maria...
Amber Beattie
Amber Beattie...
Gretel...
László Áron
László Áron...
Lars...
David Thewlis
David Thewlis...
Father...
Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson...
Grandpa...
Sheila Hancock
Sheila Hancock...
Grandma...

Reviews

Nimrod-14 on 15 September 2008
When my son (nearly 12 years old) read the book he was awake until 5am that night thinking about the story and what it all meant; he had some penetrating questions too. A day or so later he said that he thought that it would make a good film, and imagine his delight when he saw that there was a film of the book.I have taken him to see the film; and was riveted. I think that the style of the film is really that of an old fashioned family film, however the subject matter is emotionally very demanding and all the better for that. It does what good drama should do - makes you think and feel. As the credits ran, at the showing that I saw, no one moved or spoke for a minute or two. The Holocaust is a difficult subject, but to tell a story in such a way that it is accessible to a 12 year is a great achievement.There have been some comments that the cast speak English (rather than, presumably, German) and that this is somehow a bad thing. What are the alternatives? Either sub-titles or daft 'ello 'ello accents. In some ways the ordinariness of the Nazis and the family points up the horror of what happened – that ordinary people can do the worst of things to fellow human beings.

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