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Movie Review: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas January 10, 2010

Posted by shwaldman in Uncategorized.
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Netflix Synopsis: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno (Asa Butterfield) befriends Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), 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.

WOW! For anyone that in anyway felt Schindler’s List was good movie (it won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture), this is a MUST SEE movie. Of course, the topic of story is emotional and disturbing. But the first 95% of the movie put a face on the horrible events of this time. It brought forward the moral conflicts that went on within the family and the realizations of what happening and what the Nazis were doing.

The age of innocence – the viewpoint of the two eight year-old children make this movie enjoyable. Without a doubt, the emotions and internal conflicts that the characters endure were heartbreaking. But this representation of our world’s history can not be ignored and, I think, this movie is a good way to keep that conversation alive with new generations – at the appropriate age, of course. I certainly plan to pull this movie back out when the right time comes for my boys. History should never repeat itself!



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