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Aro Recommended Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The

 

UK 2008, 91 minutes
Dir. Mark Herman
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama / War

Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures, Period 1930s.

 

Aroview: Emotive wartime parable set in Nazi Germany where the young son of a concentration camp commander befriends a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence.

The basic premise has less to do with a plausible historical reality than being a literary conceit that illustrates Nazi inhumanity and hypocracy. As a result the narrative and characters develop to ultimately serve the film's climactic scene, which is undeniably powerful, and will redeem misgivings for most viewers. As a sobering history lesson, this will have its most powerful and valuable effect on younger audiences less familiar with Holocaust atrocities.

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