"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

«Childhood is filled with the sounds, smells and views as long until it is dark hour of judgment" (The epigraph to the film)
American online edition of Total Film has made a tape, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas» (The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas) Englishman Mark Herman in his list of "the most heartbreaking last twenty films." In my opinion, this list have turned out very incomplete and subjective, but the presence of this particular pattern can not be questioned.
Mark Herman, who had previously only deal with the easy genre for the first time decided to take up shooting of the drama. The viewer is known for his comedy "Blame It on the Bellboy" and "Business - pipe" and the melodrama "Petals of Hope" with Colin Firth. Therefore desire director to express themselves in a serious genre perceived by many skeptical. Especially in the film is based on the eponymous bestseller lay Irish writer John Boyne, a very difficult material for the film adaptation.
... When Ralph Nazi officer (David Thewlis) is raised to the post of the commandant of a concentration camp for Jews, he is forced to leave his luxurious mansion in Berlin together with his wife Elsa (Vera Farmiga) and her two children, 12-year-old Gretel and 8-year-old Bruno, to go to a new place of service. His appointment is celebrated with pomp friends, family and colleagues, followed by Ralph and his family moved into a new, not so refined, but German immaculate house, part of windows that overlook the camp barracks.
Realizing that his wife hardly approve the nature of his work, Ralf prefers to devote its details. Elsa, however, and she did not burn with the desire to know the true essence of things. With regard to children, the more mature Gretel soon imbued with Nazi beliefs of his father and shows a sincere interest in the conversation of parents, while Bruno misses her friends, school and quietly hates visiting tutor who makes him read books on German history instead of the favorite adventure novels .
Curiosity young researcher Bruno does not rest. Secret from his mother, he is chosen out of the house, guarded by soldiers, and sent to the farm (camp), where strange people walking in the striped pajamas. There he accidentally meets with his peers, a Jewish boy with a funny name Shmuel. Between the children of friendships, which, given the difference in their social position, must inevitably lead to tragic events ...
Second World War through the eyes of children - fairly well-known plot the course, more than once brought success to the creators of such films. In particular, the example is the masterpiece of the German Volker Schlöndorff "The Tin Drum" (1979) and a very strong drama Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun", the main role which played a young Christian Bale
However, the war in this case -. Only a voiceover background, echoes of the outside world. Never appeared in the frame constantly Nazi uniforms and swastikas, one would generally take the tape out of context. Nevertheless, it is a war and its horrific and unimaginable components, such as, for example, the concentration camps, to become characters in the film Mark Herman the most that neither is a routine matter.
For the generation who knew no such large-scale and bloody wars, the position of the father seems wild and unimaginable. Paradoxically, people weekly gassed tens of innocent people at the same time is an exemplary family man, a loving husband and father. Moreover, the beliefs and views of Ralph support not only his colleagues but also close, especially the grandfather Bruno ( "The work here does your father -! And there is a history in action") and eldest daughter ( "What do you want from he, Bruno? The Jews deserved it »).
His daughter Gretel carefully cuts out pictures of Hitler magazines and paste them his room, and his wife, Elsa tries not to think about what is involved in her husband. But how can you hide from a terrible, choking smell of human bodies? How can I save children from imminent contact with the camp inmates who not only live nearby, but also periodically visited by the house to help with the housework? Unable to resist the blind faith of his daughter, Elsa could only hope that his father's principles do not take root in the soul of her little boy.
daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Vera Farmiga looked very convincing in the role of doubting his wife's self-righteous representative of the Aryan race. Perhaps, in the light of its origin, or maybe just because she is a talented actress, which has repeatedly argued ( "Up in the Air", "The Departed"). Its task was to show the psychological portrait of a woman who loves her husband at the same time and trying to protect themselves and their children from its impact, and as a whole it is to deal with it.
Separately want to draw the viewer's attention to the young artist Rupert Friend, brilliantly played the role of Lieutenant Kotler. Personally, I thought that Friend is extremely similar to his German colleague Helmut Berger, who, incidentally, also had some time for a career change into a fascist form, including in Luchino Visconti in "Götterdämmerung" and Tinto Brass in "Salon Kitty" .
Of course, the central theme of the film is the friendship of the German boy Bruno and his Jewish contemporary of Shmul ( "Shmuel? So nobody called!"). Very different, literally living in parallel worlds, the children, in spite of all obstacles, become friends, not because but in spite of circumstances. Both are motivated not by a desire to know the enemy better, and the simple desire to "play" in a world where adults are constantly busy, they kill each other because of racial or other hatred.
final film, despite its brutality and tragedy, is predictable from the first minute viewing. The whole atmosphere is different picture despair and initially subtle but obvious presence of fatalism. In light of this, very few people are surprised by the fact that the tragedy unfolded in the end - this is not an accident or coincidence, but a natural celebration of distorted, perverted justice
9 out of 10.

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