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Monday, 10 April 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Based upon the novel by John Boyne, it's an emotionally powerful and truly unforgettable story of an eight-year-old boy named Bruno in Nazi Germany during WWII. Bruno's privileged upbringing means he has time to explore his surroundings, to study the soldiers that frequent his father's house; he sees his mother stressed but is unaware of the truths they both hide from him. He's an innocent, and most of the time we see events from his perspective.
It's a gently paced narrative that's as beautiful as it is horrible. It looks gorgeous, too, with cinematography that never fails to impress. Logic says that it should've been in the youth's native language, but then we wouldn't have had the wonderful actors that we got, so it gets a semi-pass.

4 non-farmers out of 5

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