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Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.

Product Details

  • Actors: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina
  • Directors: Cate Shortland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Most of us have seen many films about WW2. Most of what I've seen has been well-made and correctly shows the insanity of Hitler, the cruelty of the Nazis, the complacency or fear shown by German adults about challenging "the system" and the horror of the Holocaust. This one is different. Although it passes through all of the above, it asks a question for all of us: If you loved and trusted your parents (or any role model) and they embedded a certain point of view in your heart and head, how long would it take for you to even be open to another reality when you began to see contrary evidence in the outside world - especially when your parents told you that you would encounter nothing but propaganda and lies? How long would it take? Especially if you grew up in a time when there was not much outside media and you were only 14 years old living in a society where everyone around you believed the same thing as your parents or were too afraid to even hint at anything different. As an American, this made me think about all the things we've done in the world during my lifetime that I accepted because, in my heart, I still believe after all is said and done, that we are the good guys. If we do something on the world stage that seems questionable, there must be a good and ethical reason for having done it.
The feel of the film is totally authentic, the acting as real as you can imagine, the photography and direction brings you very close to the characters and their feelings and it left me with lots on my mind: What should I believe? How would a Jewish person react to this film? What has been the mindset of an entire generation of Germans who grew up during this period? What should the rest of us learn about our deepest beliefs regarding other people?
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"Lore" (2012 co-production from Australia and Germany; 109 min.) brings the story of Lore, a teenage girl, and her 4 younger siblings. As the movie opens, seemingly far-away WWII is coming to a close (with the announcement that the Fuhrer is dead). We soon learn that Lore's parents are high up in the Nazi party and sure to be arrested by the Allies. Lore's mother implores Lore to take her siblings up north to Hamburg to where Omi is (Lore's grandmother). The problem is that Lore and her siblings are in the Black Forest (Southwest Germany) and that Hamburg is far, far away. With no money and no food, the siblings face a quasi-impossible task. Then at a certain point they make the acquaintance of Thomas, who appears to have escaped one of the concentration camps. Now a goup of six, they work their way further north. At this point we are not quite yet half-way into the movie but to tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is the bleakest movie that I have seen in a long, long time. Much of the movie confronts you with the fact that food was scarce and people will do just about anything to get some food. Just when you think that the situation of the siblings can't get worse, it does. Lore's youngest sibling is baby Peter, maybe 6 months old I'm guessing. You would expect baby Peter to be crying quite a bit under these circumstances, and that is exactly what we see on screen, no sugarcoating of any kind. Kudos to Saskia Rosendahl in the title role, she will simply blow you away with this performance. I must give a caveat about the way the movie is filmed and edited, with numerous extreme close-ups (of hands, faces, plants, anything really) and handheld camera shots.
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“Lore” is a captivating 2012 coming-of-age drama about a 15 year old girl who tries to shepherd her 4 younger siblings 500 kilometers across war-devastated Germany at the end of WW 2. The film was adapted from Rachel Seiffert’s 2001 novel “The Dark Room”.

The film is beautifully photographed by Australia born Adam Arkapaw who is best known in that country for films like “The Snowtown Murders” (2011), “Animal Kingdom” (2010), and “End of Town” (2006).

The child actors are marvelous, especially Saskia Rosendahl (as Lore) and Nele Trebs as her younger sister.

This is a German production with English subtitles.

Australia born writer/director Cate Shortland is best known for the award winning film “Somersault” (2004). She does a good job showing the trials and tribulations of the journey, especially the tension between the once proud elite and the realities of the new world, but her choice of shots keeps us at a distance from the participants.

“Lore” won awards at various smaller film festivals (Hamburg, Hamptons International, Hessian, Stockholm, Valladolid) and nominated for best film at others (London, Sydney). Hollywood News called it a “devastatingly stirring Germany-set drama” and said it was “unquestionably unforgettable”. Variety said it “offers a fresh, intimate and most successful perspective on Germany’s traumatic transition from conqueror nation to occupied state.”

Bottom line – an unusual look at post WW2 Germany that is beautifully photographed and well-acted.

PS - This film would get a 9 out of 10 if Amazon used a 10 point scale.
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