The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008

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(552) IMDb 7.8/10
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Bruno moves to the country with his SS Commandant father who takes command of a prison camp. Bruno befriends another boy, dressed in striped pyjamas who lives behind a fence, but the boy is Jewish and the friendship is forbidden.

Starring:
Vera Farmiga,David Thewlis
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Historical
Director Mark Herman
Starring Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis
Supporting actors Rupert Friend, Richard Johnson, Jim Norton, Sheila Hancock, David Heyman, Asa Butterfield, Cara Horgan, Ivan Verebely, Amber Beattie, Jack Scanlon
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Jinty on 22 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
I never saw this film at the Cinema, but watched it on an early DVD release last week. The lady in the Video shop said it was heavy viewing, but I found the film touchingly simplistic in how it was filmed and acted - and this style did not detract at all, from the serious historical genre it depicted. Infact, it made it all the more poignant and sad. The other reviewers have detailed what the story was based around, so I wont repeat that. All I will say, is that although the ending was expected it was still shocking and upsetting. The beautiful part of this film was that it showed all too clearly, how innocent children are - before they become too privvy to their parents views, prejudices and expectations. It also showed that good people can do bad things, that they dont necessarily agree with for much the same reasons. A minority of people in power, can so control the mind set and actions of the greater majority. This film made me think, made me cry and made me reevaluate what being a parent should be about. Even though it showed the bad side of some people - it showed that most people do have good and hopeful hearts and children, inparticular are innocent souls who should be cherished and nurtured.
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234 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Cameron and Thatcher's Love Child on 2 Dec. 2008
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After watching 15 minutes of this film I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. My genre is usually horror, I do also enjoy war movie's from any 20st century war, and this didn't seem to be fitting in too well.

However, the further into the movie I got, the more interested I became.

The movie tells a story of an 8 year old son of a Nazi Concentration Camp Commandant. It shows the war through his young eyes, whilst reminding the viewer of the true atrocities of WW2.

The boy, Bruno, befriends another 8 year old boy in a concentration camp, and the story shows their relationship develop.

There are numerous scenes in this movie which will upset the viewer, scenes of violence towards the Jewish prisoners etc Another interesting side of the movie is that it of course shows how the German families felt about the war, it shows that not all of them, including some soldiers, agreed with the Nazi regime yet had no choice.

All in all this movie gets 5 stars due to a clever storyline, and an ending that you will never forget, an ending that will leave the theater in silence, and make others cry, it certainly did when I saw it in the movie theater.

Definitely worth going to see, I shall be buying it as soon as it is released.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Tunney on 27 Mar. 2009
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I've just watched the DVD after waiting some time to receive it. It really is a beautifully crafted piece with almost flawless acting by all concerned. I would recommend this to any younger people as a film that really displays the futility, barbarity and sheer cruelty of the holocaust. Schindler's List, however, it is not. Whilst I understand that this may be a fictional piece, and all plaudits to the author and the screenwriter, I do have to admit that the ending was pretty obvious from about halfway through.
Nonetheless, even to an old codger (55) like me, it was still moving and very educating to watch. Buy it yourself, and keep the tissues close as it is a sad reflection on past prejudices.
A definite buy .....
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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful By T. Wahaid on 11 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
Films about the Second World War, and the events of the holocaust are by no means a rare thing . Many of them are touching and poignant, but none of them, so far as I know, have ever looked at the events throug the eyes of an 8 year old boy . 'The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas' however, based on the novel by Irish novelist John Boyne, presents the events to us from just that point of view .

Now, I read the book before seeing the film - in fact, it was adverts for the film that inspired me to read the novel- which I found funny, sad, and deeply moving. So I went into the film with some idea of what to expect - and yet the film still managed to knock me on my arse emotionally .

Bruno lives a life of relative luxury, in a big old house with his mother, father, sister, and assorted servants. His dad is a well paid SS officer, his mum a stay at home housewife, and he himself is popular, with plenty of friends .

His world is disrupted when his dad gets a promotion - suddenly Bruno has to move away from the life and the house he loves, away from his friends and his grandparents, to a new home in a strange place .

And what a strange place it is - areas of the garden are off limits, curtailing his exploring adventures, and although he can see a farm with children from his bedroom window , he isn't allowed to play with these children. He's not sure he wants to either - they seem slightly odd, wearing pyjamas all day.

What is more, soldiers keep trooping in and out of his house, closeting themselves in meetings with his father, and even one of the farmers, Pavel, turns up at the house sometimes, peeling vegetable and making deliveries, and telling grand stories about once practising as a doctor .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Housley on 26 Jun. 2009
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Today i watched The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Initially i didn't think it was going to be great, within the first few moments i thought 'Hmm, they speak English'. This might seem like i'm picking at it, but to me i didn't think i could truly get into the film without some level of authenticity in the accents or language, i was wrong though. Soon after that initial thought i got tangled into the story, a story essentially based around the friendship of two children but with elements of family, love and obstacles.

I would recommend watching it, highly. If you have children, maybe watch it yourself first and let them after, be prepared for questions. I think its a really important film and one which younger people can learn from.

By no means is it perfect, but its a film which i feel tackes its subject in a good way, with emotion and exploration, and for me it certainly made me think about that time in history again. Also, it made me cry, maybe not what everyone likes in a film, but certainly something i see as a sign of a film well made.
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