The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Don’t be fooled by that title, this is no twee kids tale. Based on the book by Irish writer John Boyne, it centres on Bruno, the eight-year-old son of a high-ranking Nazi officer during WWII.

Too young to understand the war around him, Bruno is confused when his father’s new job sees them moving to the country and living next to what looks like a heavily fenced farm, tended by people in striped pyjamas. He’s also baffled by the black smoke billowing from the chimneys over the hill. One day, against his mother’s orders, he goes exploring, reaches the ‘farm’ fence and finds another little boy looking back at him from the other side.

Directed by Mark Herman (Little Voice, Brassed Off), this stars Brit thesp David Thewlis, The Departed’s Vera Farmiga and 10-year-old Asa Butterfield as Bruno.

2009Rating: M, content may disturb94 minsUK, USA
DramaWar
Director:
Mark Herman ('Brassed Off', 'Little Voice')
Cast:
Asa ButterfieldDavid ThewlisVera FarmigaJack Scanlon
80%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Do not watch unless suicidal

Very Depressing movie. Not that Holocaust movies are ever cheery, there was no release for the audience. Nothing uplifting, just depression. I dont know how this movie got a pg-13 rating. There was no redeeming value in this historically inaccurate film and the gassing of the two boys at the end. It took days to recover from watching that. Schindler's...

2.0
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The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

O M G - 2 children in the same war through 2 sides of the fence. I found it heart wrenching as a Mother to see the agony of the situation. It was very emotional and well done to the writer. We need be be moved from our comfy seats. A movie that can leave you speechless has to be worthwhile.

5.0
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Variety

Variety

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Opening half-hour has some of the best stuff in the movie, walking a precarious line between black irony and showing the war from a totally German viewpoint, without tipping over into gallows humor or parody.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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See the Holocaust trivialized, glossed over, kitsched up, commercially exploited and hijacked for a tragedy about a Nazi family. Better yet and in all sincerity: don't.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not only about Germany during the war, although the story it tells is heartbreaking in more than one way. It is about a value system that survives like a virus.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Slightly wooden child's-eye-view of Holocaust becomes an eerie parable about the evil that men do.

3.0
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Newshub

Newshub

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Incredibly insightful and moving film.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The film's two levels -- metaphoric and nitty-gritty -- don't mesh until the devastation of the closing sequence, which both indulges in and transcends melodrama.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Boyne's tale is starkly cautionary, and writer-director Herman handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity, drawing splendid performances from his young actors with David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga and the other grown-ups reliably efficient.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Opening half-hour has some of the best stuff in the movie, walking a precarious line between black irony and showing the war from a totally German viewpoint, without tipping over into gallows humor or parody.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

See the Holocaust trivialized, glossed over, kitsched up, commercially exploited and hijacked for a tragedy about a Nazi family. Better yet and in all sincerity: don't.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not only about Germany during the war, although the story it tells is heartbreaking in more than one way. It is about a value system that survives like a virus.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Slightly wooden child's-eye-view of Holocaust becomes an eerie parable about the evil that men do.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Incredibly insightful and moving film.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The film's two levels -- metaphoric and nitty-gritty -- don't mesh until the devastation of the closing sequence, which both indulges in and transcends melodrama.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Boyne's tale is starkly cautionary, and writer-director Herman handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity, drawing splendid performances from his young actors with David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga and the other grown-ups reliably efficient.

0

Do not watch unless suicidal

Very Depressing movie. Not that Holocaust movies are ever cheery, there was no release for the audience. Nothing uplifting, just depression. I dont know how this movie got a pg-13 rating. There was no redeeming value in this historically inaccurate film and the gassing of the two boys at the end. It took days to recover from watching that. ...

2.0
0

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

O M G - 2 children in the same war through 2 sides of the fence. I found it heart wrenching as a Mother to see the agony of the situation. It was very emotional and well done to the writer. We need be be moved from our comfy seats. A movie that can leave you speechless has to be worthwhile.

5.0
0