The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 1.0 stars

Boy in the Striped Pajamas movie poster

Contrived concentration-camp fable, from the novel by John Boyne, about the budding friendship, through barbed wire, between the eight-year-old Aryan son of the camp commandant (in his innocence, he thinks it’s a farm) and a same-aged, shaved-headed Jew. It roughly recalls Life Is Beautiful in its mixture, or collision, of sticky sentiment and gorgeous cinematography (Benoit Delhomme, in this case). The resolution, whether because it is signalled too far ahead and dragged out too long or because its tragedy is leavened with undeniable justice, shapes up as profoundly unmoving. With Asa Butterfield, Vera Farmiga, Davis Thewlis, and Zac Mattoon O’Brien; written and directed by Mark Herman. 2008.

Duncan Shepherd

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3KITMOM Nov. 6, 2008 @ 9:46 p.m.

I saw one of the many local previews of Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This film is rated PG13; it needs to be rated NC17. Yes, there is no sex or language, and the obvious violence is minimal. The film is horrifying. Deplorable and disgusting. There is nothing uplifting about this story. It was hideous and sick. Yes, it is historical. And vile. The Jewish people say, "Never again." And they are right. And yet, the world-wide genocide continues, as it always has. My recommendation is do not give this movie any time in your life. You will leave the theatre feeling abused. I have to wonder who is subsidizing this movie, with the many free preview showings. Will it ever be released for paid tickets?
My husband commented, "This is why I don't want to go to the movies." It will be a long time before we visit a movie theatre again. We felt abused, angry, nauseated and sick.


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