I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas this past weekend.
The movie centers around Bruno the 8 year old son of a high ranking Nazi Officer during World War II. At the beginning of the movie the family lives in Berlin. Bruno’s father gets a promotion and they move out into the country side. There are no children around for Bruno to play with and after he gets a glimpse of the concentration camp his father now runs, he is banned from playing in the garden behind the house. He disobeys his parents and explores to the fence of the camp (what he calls the farm) where he meets Shmeul.
I really struggled with this movie. There were a lot of inaccuracies in the story, the first that there would be an 8 year old child who has been in the camp for the period of time Shmeul has. At the time that he entered the camp, he would have been too young to labor, and thus would have been killed. He wouldn’t have been able to escape work detail to sit at the fence as portrayed in the movie. The other struggles I dealt with were that the movie seemed to center around the Nazi regime and propaganda, while also dismissing the horrors of the concentration camps. While violence was not shown on screen it was present, and I felt the movie overall centered around the Nazi family and their tragedy instead of the tragedies and horrors of the holocaust.
I give the movie 2 stars. I was sadly disappointed with the movie.