Monday 20 November 2017

NETFLIX pick of the week the boy in the striped pyjamas

A German boy befriends a Jewish boy in a concentration camp unburdened by hateful prejudice.

Based on the book by Irishman John Boyne, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas directed by Mark Herman is a film which explores the shocking inhumanity of a World War II Nazi concentration camp through the relationship struck between two eight-year-old boys: one inside the fence of the camp, one living nearby.

Bruno (Asa Butterfield) moves to the countryside with his family, Elsa (Vera Farmiga) and Gretel (Amber Beattie) where his father Ralf (David Thewlis), an SS Commandant, has been promoted.

Bored and looking for adventure, Bruno explores the area, hoping to find a friend to play with. He stumbles upon a "farm", where Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) spends his days.

An innocent childhood relationship develops but as it does, the adult world filled with prejudice against the Jewish people, Nazi propaganda and hate encroaches on and bewilders Bruno. If you can reconcile yourself with the idea that all Germans during World War II spoke with an English accent and look at the film as a fable, then The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a heartbreaking film that relies on the innocence of a child to devastate.

Irish Independent

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