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A very moving experience,
This review is from: The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD] (DVD)As i live in Israel, we literally live with the holocaust here and quite honestly i was a bit weary of seeing another film on the subject, however after friends recommended the movie after reading the book, i took a chance and was not disappointed.
This is a beautiful movie of two small children who meet at a fence of a concentration camp.It is a story of two victims who try to understand each other, but lack the abilty because the nightmare that surrounds them is beyond their young years.
This is a movie that will move you to tears, not because of the holocaust, but because, we are looking at the holocaust through the eyes of two young children who are on opposites sides of the fence.
In conclusion, a sad, moving, but refreshing look at one of the darkest subjects in living memory.
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2009 12:17:56 BDT
Ih Baxandale says:
are you serious, if all the jewish isralis saw this they would be sick with injustice from this film,show this to a surviour and they would be in tears from what they had been through and what schmuel hadnt.in the holocaust jews ,homosexuals,disabled people,jahovas witnesses came to these death camps children under 14 and old people were sent to the chambers imediatly, (schmuel-dead) camp itself tiny and easy to esacpe from on this film,Autchswitz giant and several fences that are impossible to escape (unlike in this film)schmuels punishment would have been starved to death not a black eye,in the film it does not metion the brutality nor the humiliation 6 million people went through worst british film ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(im british)
Posted on 9 Aug 2009 10:35:59 BDT
Dyspeptic Spirit says:
So you weren't at all bothered by the endless historical inaccuracies and the fact that the story could never have happened as told? It would not have been possible for two children to form a relationship in this way as the camps were extremely well patrolled and it would have been stopped before it started. Has it also not crossed your mind that if it was that easy for Bruno to break into the camp, all of the prisoners would have escaped?
The film was a moving and enjoyable experience but difficult to take even vaguely seriously.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2009 15:36:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2009 15:48:02 BDT
Dear Ih Baxandale,
You did take basic literacy did you? With your appalling standard of written English please say you come from some other country in future. Meanwhile I shall be lobbying the Government for an immediate reduction in my tax burden as it is obviously being mis-spent!
Any valid objections you may have had to R Markus' review, and presumably the film, are immediately negated by your badly presented polemic.
In closing, let me say that I do consider this film to have all the impact of a well aimed ball of candy floss, it falls quite short of others of this type, even the much maligned 'Life is Beautiful'.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2009 16:13:34 BDT
Mr. M. J. Saltiel says:
Hey, you spelled your name wrong. Shouldn't that be "you can call me A*****l*" ? Whatever opinions someone expresses, it is uncommonly rude to ridicule their spelling and expect this will secure you victory in any argument. Shame on you!
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2009 22:05:24 BDT
Ooh! A critic, and from steel city too. Enough said!
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2010 11:28:00 BDT
Jim Aitken says:
The film is rubbish, the book is rubbish - it's a sentimental load of pap for thick people to cry over
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2010 21:12:06 GMT
To Dyspeptic Spirit:
What I AM bothered by is you've copied and pasted this same comment onto most of the positive reviews of this film.
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 14:50:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Mar 2012 18:32:01 GMT
Mr. TC Kong says:
Two commentators have ranted at length about the historical accuracy of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD]. What they both fail to realise is that this film, and the novel on which it is based, is not a documentary, but merely an insight into the the attrocities committed by the Nazis, and the level of awareness of the ordinary (non-Jewish/Aryan) Germans of the reality of the concentration camps. Indeed, John Boyne, the author of the novel, points out in an interview included in the bonus features on the dvd, that he is NOT an historian, and had NOT set out to write a history, but rather to tell a story about the loss of innocence within the setting of the second world war.
It is often claimed that the German civilian population MUST have known at the time (and in detail) about the hideous and atrocious treatment of the Jews (and others) in these camps. But it is quite possible that most did not. How many Britons, for example, know about the similar treatment of the Boers in South Africa at the hands of the British army during the Boer War at the turn of the 20th century? And that cruelty was much more widely publicised by the media at home at the time than was the torture of the Jews by the Nazis, which the Nazi regime tried to cover up with a great deal of propaganda.
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas [DVD] is, therefore, just a story told through the eyes of a young boy, about the loss of innocence, not just of a child, but also of the adults around him.
To the two commentators (and others who sympathise with their view) who are ardent detractors of the film, I can only say that I am truly sorry for you. You are obviously unable to watch a film or read a book just for the sake of the story it is trying to tell, and can only look for technical or historical flaws in its telling. Of course, it goes without saying that a good knowledge of history is essential to the understanding of "man's inhumanity towards man". But that does not mean that there is no room for the simple storyteller, without whose skills of narration the facts of history and historical interpretation become meaningless!
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012 15:46:26 GMT
Markus Ronald says:
Cannot aggree with you more, however i find the comments by Jim Aitken as truely offensive. Somwhat if the film is sentimental! Does this mean that the people who enjoyed it are idiots? Everyone totheir own tastes. I thought that titanic was rubbish, but loved avitar. However i will not call people who liked titanic idiots.
Question of culture.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2012 15:29:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jun 2012 16:25:51 BDT
Simon Oxley says:
To Mr TC Kong. I completely agree with what you are saying and I would go further to question the historical knowledge of many of the negative reviewers of this excellent and thought provoking film. One example is the frequent statement that there were no children in Auschwitz due to the policy of murdering them on arrival. I'm certainly no expert but I always like to check dogmatic statements and I found a very interesting and apparently well sourced piece on this film in Wikipedia: <according to statistics from the Labour Assignment Office, Auschwitz-Birkenau contained 619 living male children from one month to fourteen years old on August 30, 1944. On January 14, 1945, 773 male children were registered as living at the camp. "The oldest children were sixteen, and fifty-two were less than eight years of age." "Some children were employed as camp messengers and were treated as a kind of curiosity, while every day an enormous number of children of all ages were killed in the gas chambers.">. I also note that the film has toned down various likely historical inaccuracies and is thus much more believable than the book. In the film there is no visit by Hitler to see the family before they leave Berlin; this is changed to a party celebrating the promotion of David Thewlis's character. Also the name Auschwitz doesn't seem to be used in the film and of course there were many hundreds if not thousands of camps of different characters and sizes spread all over the Greater German Reich and the fact that some of these camps would have lesser security than Auschwitz is unquestionably true.
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