Courtesy of Music Box Films
AUSTRALIA (2012) • in German
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.
Club reactions by city:
64 out of 66 participating members called it excellent or good 100% would recommend it • most praised for its Acting
Lush and terribly stark at the same time. When does the war truly end? Surely not when the last bullet has been fired on the battlefield. Haunting, masterful control of images.
A powerful film of survival and family -- and a raw glimpse of the devastation of war. Surprisingly, I found great beauty in this horror, partly due to the wonderful camerawork (angles, composition, lighting, etc.)
I felt like I did not breathe throughout this riveting movie. It was so masterfully done that I felt like I was on the journey with these characters.
68 out of 80 participating members called it excellent or good 93.7% would recommend it • most praised for its Acting
A fresh, unique take on the consequences of the Holocaust. The film describes the essence and complexity of the situation through story, images and symbolism but WITHOUT having the characters explicitly discuss it.
Almost a fairy tale in the Brothers Grimm style, with children traveling through the forest and encountering many perils on the way to grandmother's house.
Too many scary houses and close-ups of feet. Too damn long.
64 out of 83 participating members called it excellent or good 90.4% would recommend it • most praised for its Acting