Wednesday, February 24, 2010

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Amber Beattie, Jack Scanlon


"A timeless story of innocence lost and humanity found"


Star Movies



After a hearty lunch and desperately trying to fend off sleep, I was sorting through the different channels when I came across this touching film on Star Movies.

On theory this film during the second World War looks simple enough yet it deals with a rather heavy subject matter - the Holocaust. A unique friendship is formed between Bruno (Asa Butterfield) a young German boy and Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) a Jewish child. Well the thing with Shmuel is that he is a prisoner in a concentration camp which is under the command of Bruno's father (David Thewlis) a high ranking Nazi officer. They are both 8 years old and their friendship although forbidden is pure and unadulterated. In the afternoons, they play checkers and toss ball between the barbed wire fence. Bruno also sneaks in food for Shmuel who is visibly famished and quite thin given the tragic circumstances.

This heartbreaking film succeeds with grace as the leading characters are portrayed brilliantly by the young actors. Their meaningful facial expressions were spot on! The rest of the cast put in excellent performances as their characters behave and react differently towards the situation unfolding right within their door step. I just found the fact that they spoke with thick British accents very distracting as they are supposed to be Germans in the film.

"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is a deeply moving yet tragic movie with an overwhelming climax which still sends chills down my spine. It is an astonishing narrative about the wholesome friendship and bond between two innocent children amidst such a devastating crime against humanity.

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