The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Released 2008

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Director:
Mark Herman
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the story about a Boy named Bruno (Asa Butterfield) whose father runs a concentration camp the boy wanders into during the dawn of World War II. Bruno's parents have trouble disciplining him after moving when his father gets a new job at a concentration camp. One day after being bored in his home, he leaves and walks through the woods, only to stumble upon the very camp his father works at. He meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) there on the other side of the fence in a prisoner's uniform, or rather what Bruno calls "striped pajamas." Though not permitted to see the boy, a defiant Bruno manages to break into the camp in order to play with his new friend. However, guards there mistake him for another Jew, and they don't plan on letting children at the camp live for long. Will Bruno's father be able to find him before it's too late?moreless

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  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    Opening half-hour has some of the best stuff in the movie, walking a precarious line between black irony and showing the war from a totally German viewpoint, without tipping over i...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    The film's two levels -- metaphoric and nitty-gritty -- don't mesh until the devastation of the closing sequence, which both indulges in and transcends melodrama.

  • 0

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    See the Holocaust trivialized, glossed over, kitsched up, commercially exploited and hijacked for a tragedy about a Nazi family. Better yet and in all sincerity: don't.

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