review: the boy in the striped pajamas (2008)

Man, I gotta stop watching these historical movies. While powerful and amazing, these are really bringing me down.

The latest? The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

The forbidden friendship between two boys.

The forbidden friendship between two boys.

This film follows young Bruno (Asa Butterfield), an 8-year-old son with a father at the head of a concentration camp during WW2. As the family gets relocated for the benefit of Bruno’s father, the family suffers, and Bruno, unaware of the situation, initiates a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy (Bela Fesztbaum) on the other side of the fence.

Bruno and Schultz shaking hands through the fence.

Bruno and Schultz shaking hands through the fence.

Not going to spoil the end of this movie for you – but I’m just going to let you know… I bawled. Like, literally sobbed. I watched this on Netflix with my parents in the comfort of my own home, and when it ended my mother offered to watch a comedy with me so I could cheer up and go to bed.

Moving past the emotional trauma I received from this film, the editing was absolutely breathtaking. I just have to give Michael Ellis a hand of applause for that opening scene. Within the first 20 seconds, my dad and I had already stated that we loved the movie. I didn’t even care that the characters were all speaking in British accents.

Now I hate to do this for like the third time in a row, but I guess I’ve just been choosing really good movies to watch recently… but this has got to be another fiver.

just my rating: ★★★★★

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6 thoughts on “review: the boy in the striped pajamas (2008)

  1. Pingback: the book thief (2013) | just my rating

  2. I watched this with my mother who was visiting town and both of us remained silent and deeply impacted at the end.

    It is the kind of film and story for which the word “stunning” was invented!

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