Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

"A timeless story of innocence lost and humanity found."

The mystery why the title wears Pyjamas maybe quite predictable yet, it doesn’t change the fact that this movie lands to my list of movies that have a huge impact on me (and that doesn’t just mean that I cried over this film).

Originally a novel by John Boyne and directed by Mark Herman, the story is set during World War II in Germany. And yes, this is a Nazi-related movie that dauntlessly presented the conflict of interests and the involvement of innocence. In spite of the controlled punches of this film, the horrifying truth of the holocaust during this era can’t be concealed.

The tragedy is a heavy burden but taking your eyes off the film (if you choose to watch this) is surely a mistake.
And by the way, kudos to late Miramax for bringing one of the best movies of the decade.

2 comments:

He who can't write said...

One thing that fascinated me about this movie (or the story line for what it matters)is the fact that this has got to be one of the very few films that showcases the internal conflict within families, and Germans themselves, that was brought about by the Nazi rule- that there indeed were Germans back then that disapproved of the Nazi reign's methods. In all honesty, I've seen more brutal and more polished (in film making aspect) holocaust films but this one appeals more to the human emotion than any other. The way that Schmole and Bruno died was a consequence of the right kind of friendship that blossomed between the wrong people at the wrong time.

Katrifictionism said...

Yes. I agree. I have this peculiar inclination with Nazi-related movies that disclose the history, and I love that this movie's different. It didn't generalize the Germans when it comes to their hatred towards the Jews. Moreover, the innocence of the kids is really striking. The purity of their intentions, their friendship, and the way they view things without prejudices are just some of the eye-openers that really touch my heart.

thanks for recommending this film, friend! :)

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