The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: Mom dad and the two kids shift housing and set up digs in the countryside. Dad’s job? He runs a concentration camp and his son gets to talk to a dirty, starving Jewish kid whom he befriends, betrays and then reunites with. Both end up in ovens.
This movie – based on a novel for children – was overwhelmingly powerful. Almost too much so. Too heavy, too sad. Gripping but, almost, too sad. It disintegrated into melodrama at the end but I had just about had it by then. Harrowing – here is a review that I liked – others were less positive in directions I disagree with. It wasn’t so much ‘obvious’ as (this is the key word) harrowing. A beautiful German boy’s view of war – you almost ended up feeling more for him than for his comrade.
A great movie that I hesitate to recommend. See it or, maybe, don’t. No see it. I am interested in the views of others.