The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

DVD review from Movie Man Mike

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (B+). What a haunting story this was. Actor David Thewlis is a commandant of a Nazi concentration camp. He moves his family from the city to the country to be near the concentration camp. And then he tries to protect them from the horrors of what goes on at the concentration camp by keeping the information from them. His son, Bruno (Asa Butterfield), is a curious and innocent child, who secretly befriends one of the inhabitants of the concentration camp, a Jewish boy. As Bruno’s mother slowly learns details of what goes on at the concentration camp, her relationship to Bruno’s father sours and she decides it’s better to take the children and get away from it. But maybe she acts too late to save them. In the end, the story makes a powerful statement about the dangers and horrors of keeping secrets to ensure the innocence of those we love. I wanted to see this in the theaters, but didn’t get to see it until it left. I am glad that I took the chance to see it as a rental.

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