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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

Drama, Family, History, War

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

movie

UK, United Kingdom

English

Depressing, Dramatic, Emotional

2008

Mark Herman

Amber Beattie, Asa Butterfield, Béla Fesztbaum

94 min

Synopsis

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Our Take

8.5
Bilal Zouheir

You’ve probably watched and heard about enough Holocaust films to expect a formula, but you might want to put all that aside going into The Boy in Striped Pajamas. Bruno, the son of a WWII Nazi commandant forms an unlikely friendship with a Jewish kid his age in his father’s concentration camp. The film is World War II told through Bruno’s eyes, and while you might not get why this movie is so highly praised in its first scenes, the twisting and profound second half will have you recommending it to everyone in need of a moving story well executed, or quite simply a good cry.

Comments

A
alishipper

It’s a heartwarming story of two children on opposite sides of the fences in a Nazi concentration camp. Just be prepared to cry. I’ve warned you.

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