When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, 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.
|Release Date||:||May 7, 2008|
|Production Company||:||Miramax Films, BBC Films, Heyday Films|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Mark Herman, Libbie Barr|
|Writers||:||John Boyne, Mark Herman|
|Casts||:||Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, David Hayman, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Amber Beattie, Sheila Hancock, Richard Johnson, Cara Horgan, Zac Mattoon O'Brien, Domonkos Németh, Henry Kingsmill, Zsuzsa Holl, László Áron, Charlie Baker, Iván Verebély, Béla Fesztbaum, Jim Norton|
|Plot Keywords||:||nationalism, concentration camp, world war ii, gas chamber, nazis, concentration camp prisoner|
I'm a man's man, and it takes something really exceptional to break my emotionless machine persona. This film ripped me apart and reminded me (and my partner) of humanity inside even the most hardened man.
Perfectly weighted film in every way, from pace to acting and all framed with a wonderful score. The subtlety of the looks passing between the actors and a finale that ensured silence until the final credit rolled, makes this one of the best films i've seen in a long time.
This is the first review I have never written and i cannot think of a better way to have opened my account.