Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.
This is a review of the movie and not the book.
I am a huge fan of this time period in history, so I really did like this movie. The was that they made this movie it was almost like it was two different stories that were included in one movie. The stories go well together and work well together in the movie. You have the boy's parents working on hiding what is really going on outside their home from their own sons. The boy does not need to know that there are people being held in a concentration camp just outside their home, and those people will be killed. The other story is dealing with the friendship of the little boy talking through the camp fence to another little boy. Neither one of them really understanding why they are separated from one another. These little boys are going against what they are being taught by the adults on how to be friends with any person. It is a beautiful and sad story from the concentration camp.
I thought this was a really sweet and moving movie that makes you think about how children deal and handle situations of racism, when they do not know of their surroundings. This movie was a bit slow at times, but it was a drama. I really did like this movie. It was interesting and historical. If you have not seen this movie, then by all means you need to. It is well worth watching. Enjoy.
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