The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
               Genre: Drama, thriller, war film
  During the eight years of Bruno thinks he would live near a large farm, working on the funny man in striped pajamas, the horrible truth beyond his imagination. For there is a concentration camp where Jews, tortured, abused and destroyed.

Was) Bruno (Asa Butterfield is also not aware that his father (David Thewlis), the camp commander, and under the sign of death’s head insignia on his one carry annihilation against the detainees. Very slowly discovers the little Bruno individual layers of the terrible secret, and yet wants to find only one thing: the same age children, with whom he can play. Contrary to the prohibition of parents, he explored the area behind the house and discovered the outer boundary of the camp. Not only that, but he finds himself face to face again with the same age Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), who sits marked by deprivation and torture on the other side of the barbed wire. Despite these impossible conditions possible friends, the two children for a brief moment and forget about the dismal and terrible life for them. While Shmuel whenever the SS guards let-sounding intolerant their whistles, flees back to the barracks, Bruno leads the way back to the villa of his parents and his sister Gretel (Amber Beattie), which in the modern Bauhaus style is built and it lacks nothing. After some time, himself draws Bruno’s mother (Vera Farmiga), beginning to suspect that her husband is responsible for the horrible things. Ultimately, it brings the unbearable stench of burning and reckless utterance of Lieutenant Kotler (Rupert Friend), to the knowledge that supposedly cure the world beyond its done unspeakable things to her husband is significantly involved, which will lead to Bruno into a merciless chasm …

The film, which has the same name by John Boyne as a model, playing with the different emotions of the viewer. Above all, the question is set up, whether it is possible with a more defined as an individual feel more empathy with a large unknown group. Ambivalent feelings are that one has in the film, for while he is through his stylization of the exterior and the interior does not reduce the truly call historical-critical, on the other but just opened this space to see this story as a metaphor or allegory: The supposedly sophisticated and perfect killing machine of the SS thugs no longer a distinction between Germans and Jews, victims and offenders, good and evil, but in that moment when Bruno has donned a convict clothing, it is marked on the outside and overtook him by then unforeseen destiny. The same applies to the six million murdered Jews who were the arbitrary and destructive mania of the Nazi victims. Are exemplary in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas shown two of them: Pavel (David Hayman), the forced laborers in the family home, and Shmuel, the eight-year boy, with whom Bruno over the barbed wire of concentration camps across befriends. That such a friendship under the circumstances would not have been possible, is obvious. Hardly had the two boys – can all sit on the other side of the barrier play – a game unmolested mill. But this freedom of imagination has been the Irish author John Boyne, 2006 – for which he was awarded several prizes with – and now the British director Mark Herman removed, because the only way the story could ultimately work.

The viewer is confronted with the question of fear, why for Bruno, who is “accidentally” got into a concentration camp, may summon more empathy than with the other prisoners. Or that one almost feels as just punishment for the camp commander that his son learns the result of carelessness, the same deadly fate of the Jews. These ideas are painfully affected immediately discarded, but they allow the film to remain permanently in memory. Similar to the literature by Bernhard Schlink The Reader – when one caught that one has with the concentration camp guard Hanna Schmitz compassion – are forbidden feelings that may have not seen it historically. However, they impose themselves involuntarily. And that is the power of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, because it suggests the ambivalent reflection on the exact look and depicts the innocence of children who perish in which adults. Above all, the film will open up discussions in which each individual must be over the assets or inability to take tough empathy into court. And then they finally met one of the intentions of the author John Boyne, said in an interview: “If you start to read this book, sooner or later you will arrive at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter such a fence .”

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas has been shown as the opening film at the Jewish Film Festival 2009 and was commissioned by the Film Review Board Wiesbaden, the title of “particular value “.
( #) (Silvy Pommerenke)

Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Original Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Country of production: U.S., UK Year of production: 2008 Length: 94 (Min) of material: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Germany ISBN: 8717418197803

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