The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

2008 "Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us."
7.7| 1h34m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 07 November 2008 Released
Producted By: Miramax
Country: United States of America
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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.


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Solemplex To me, this movie is perfection.
UnowPriceless hyped garbage
Zandra The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
Logan By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
cricketbat A strangely beautiful film about Nazi Germany. Excellent performances all around, especially by the two young stars of the film. This tale has an innocent feel to it, but it is equally disturbing.
hoperain-388-280369 This movie contains some emotional things, maybe you would find hyperbole. Because of you can feel who produce use your feel about a kid at the end of film, like I feel. But generally theme was good. Yes, we know there are many 2nd war scenarios and sometimes they are copy of each of them. But this movie wasn't without end. It has extremely original story. Yes I didn't like end, but it is best appropriate end for this movie. Because story has to be end stunning as possible as.
Raj Doctor It is a movie adapted from a novel by John Boyne who also wrote the screenplay with the Director Mark Hermann who strangely has not written or directed any other movie since this one.This German story is about Bruno (Asa Butterfield) - 8 year old son of a World War 2 soldier Ralf (David Thewlis) who is transferred along with his wife Elsa (Vera Farmiga) and 12 year old daughter Gretel (Amber Beattle) to look over a Jewish concentration camp, where lonely Bruno makes friends with a Jewish 8 year old boy Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) across the camp's fence.Bruno is totally innocent about what's going on and the fact that Jews are considered enemies of Germans and systematically killed. In an attempt to search for the missing father of Shmuel - Bruno secretly digs under the fence to enter the concentration camp - but both kids meet a fatal end - as that day they are taken to the gas chamber. The movie follows a fictional story form like a fable. Though criticized for the novel and movie's improbability - the movie holds good to send the message of how wrong the whole holocaust was.The movie looks at the events unfolding through the eyes of an eight year old child with a sub-plot of an anguish wife who is not party to her husband's nationalistic work. It is well directed by Mark, and all the actors especially both boys Asa as Bruno and Jack as Shmuel have acted beautifully. The movie is haunting to say the least and its impact as well remains in one's mind even after the movie is over. It is brutal and disturbing to see one human treating other human in this way. The musical score by James Horner was so effective that until you do not pay attention to it - it remains subtle to your sense. I will go with 7 out of 10 for this movie.
Alex_Kladis First of all I would like to mention the best about this movie.It is indeed a very good looking film. The cinematography and the costumes are absolutely amazing and very close to the atmosphere of the decade that the movie takes place. Also Vera Farmiga gives and amazing performance. She is by far the best this movie has to offer. Also good (of course) was David Thewlis but here is the first big BUT about "The boy in the striped Pyjamas"...The British accent of Thewlis and not only ruined a very big amount of the film cause felt so out of place! I understand that this was a BBC production, but again! Thewlis playing a Nazi was way Britisher than it was acceptable!My last BIG bad point about the movie is the music! The score is absolutely out of the spirit! In the first scene with the same happy tune that it presented the German Kids go over to the poor Jewis... and in the closing scene, Jesus! Nothing emotional in a very good scene!that's all for me!!