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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (***)

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

Tragic, heartbreaking film about the friendship between a young boy whose father is a Nazi kommandant overseeing a Jewish death camp and a young Jewish boy living in the death camp. Really good performances from David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, and the young actors who played the children. Different and interesting to look at the Nazi side of World War II from the perspective of the moral compromises German families made in the name of Der Fuhrer and the German duty to the cause of the Fatherland. Even a precocious child's innocence has its cost.

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