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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2009)


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MoviesDVD/DRAMA/BOYDue 04-07-15
Published: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]
Description:  1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN/ISSN: 0788884026, 9780788884023,
Language:  English

Based on the book "The boy in the striped pajamas" by John Boyne

Special features: Deleted scenes (with optional commentary by writer/director Mark Herman and author John Boyne); "Friendship beyond the fence" featurette; feature commentary by writer/director Mark Herman and author John Boyne

Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Asa Butterfield

Poland, World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops

MPAA rating: PG-13; for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust

DVD, widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround

English dialogue, Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

This movie deserves way more credit than it has been given! Unfortunate events surrounding the time of World War II are portrayed in both blatant and subtle ways from the 8 year-old Bruno's perspective. He remains oblivious to the turbulence of the politics and war. He can see signs of violence (treatment of Pavel by the soldier, treatment of the soldier by Bruno's own father, the 'horrible smell' etc) but he is too young to guess or understand exactly what is going on. He makes friends with a Jewish boy Shmuel in the 'farm' and joins him to find Schmuel's missing father. He meets his death along with untold number of people in the 'shower room'.

It is for the movie watcher to decide if Bruno's father, the administrator of the 'farm' learned his lesson as a human being. Many such scenes in the movie provoke the audience to think and rethink. The 'soft' side of Bruno's father comes to light when he, upon insistence of his wife, decides to send his children away from the 'camp' area. But it is too late-the movie ends with the tough but grief-stricken father standing still at the shock of his son's murder. As tragic as it is, it is a very powerful presentation.
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