The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

DVD - 2009
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Set in Poland during World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops.

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BBRUTTIG
Apr 04, 2019

A very powerful movie of the evils of fascism and the Nazis victimizing millions of fellow humans. A MUST SEE even for pre-teenagers so no one ever forgets.

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woggle
Mar 13, 2019

So powerful and heart wrenching! Bravo to the acting in this movie.
This rates 5 stars.

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lsan
Feb 12, 2019

The film opens with the quote "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows", by John Betjeman. A young boy named Bruno lives with his family in Berlin, in Nazi Germany during World War II. He learns that his father Ralf has been promoted, due to which their family, including Bruno's mother Elsa and sister Gretel, relocate to the "countryside" (occupied Poland). Bruno hates his new home as there is no one to play with and very little to explore. After commenting that he has spotted people working on what he thinks is a farm in the distance (but, unbeknownst to the innocent Bruno, is actually a concentration camp), he is also forbidden from playing in the back garden.
Most German families didn't know for example this young boy.

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Eek83
Feb 03, 2019

So much to say but lost for words..............

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qiqiwy
Oct 04, 2018

What a heart wrenching movie! Absolutely every cast member performed impeccably, especially two young boys! Much appreciated we are living in peaceful place !

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Andisha
Mar 27, 2018

so sad

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ForJlove
Nov 14, 2017

This movie entralled me from beginning to end! I felt a connection to each and every character in this movie. Well cast, scripted, acted and filmed. The acting by the two boys is at a caliber beyond their years. The editing was excellent... never did I feel it was dragging. All of this make the story heart warming & wrenching!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 05, 2017

During World War II, a young boy named Bruno and his family move near a concentration camp, when his father gets a job working as a Nazi. Distraught by moving away from his home and away from his friends Bruno becomes bored and begins exploring the area around his home. One day Bruno finds the concentration camp and befriends a boy named Shmuel who is held captive there with his father. The two continue to hang out and Bruno learns about the camp but cannot fully grasp the gravity of the situation until one-day Shmuel's dad disappears and they sneak Bruno into the camp to help search. I would recommend this movie, but I do think it is a little mature for some audiences. @GoosReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas is a heartbreaking movie based on the novel of the same name. Personally, I find that films are more upsetting and emotional than books because you actually see the things happening instead of reading and imagining them, so I must warn you that this film is extremely heart-wrenching. Even though it’s very emotional, the message it conveys is so crucial. This movie was extremely well-made, and definitely did the book justice. I would also advise that you read the book first if you have the time, it’s not too long and I find that it’s usually better to read the book before watching the movie. Rating 5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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pjbeau
Jul 30, 2017

I really like how they didn't sugar coat the movie

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grammaE
Mar 01, 2016

Really moving film. Innocence of children vs. hatred and misconception.

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Jan 05, 2016

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Feb 17, 2011

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lucille007 Apr 08, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense - war is so hard on the children of the world!

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blue_dolphin_4400
Jan 05, 2016

Shmuel: I wish you'd remembered the chocolate.
Bruno: Yes, I'm sorry. I know! Perhaps you can come and have supper with us sometime.
Shmuel: I can't, can I? Because of this.
[points the electric fence]
Bruno: But that's to stop the animals getting out, isn't it?
Shmuel: Animals? No, it's to stop people getting out.
Bruno: Are you not allowed out? Why? What have you done?
Shmuel: I'm a Jew.

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