Lore 2013 NR CC

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(59) IMDb 7.1/10
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At the end of WWII, five German siblings embark on a journey across the country. When they encounter the mysterious refugee Thomas, Lore, the eldest daughter, finds herself conflicted by her innate contempt for him and her burgeoning sexual desire.

Starring:
Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Lore

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Thriller, International, Drama
Director Cate Shortland
Starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina
Supporting actors Mike Weidner, Ursina Lardi, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nick Holaschke, André Frid, Mika Seidel, Sven Pippig, Philip Wiegratz, Katrin Pollitt, Hendrik Arnst, Claudia Geisler, Kai-Peter Malina, Ulrike Medgyesy, Katharina Spiering, Franziska Traub, Hanne B. Wolharn, Friederike Frerichs, Fabian Stumm
Studio Music Box Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day 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

As others have said the film is beautifully photographed with great acting by Saskia Rosenthal.
D_shrink
Cate Shorthand directs this film with a beautiful restraint, allowing the honesty of every scene to come through.
Andrew Ellington
Through her we see the complex realities of post war Germany and like her, we examine what we regard as truth.
Lily

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Average Joe on March 25, 2013
Format: DVD
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
Format: DVD
"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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D_shrink VINE VOICE on May 31, 2013
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This is a great piece of drama in which you don't have to injection a suspension of disbelief to envision the events as true or actually happening. As others have said the film is beautifully photographed with great acting by Saskia Rosenthal. She plays the 14yo daughter Hannelore Dressler, LORE for short, whose Nazi parents abandon her and four siblings as the Allies close in at the end of WWII, and the parents realize they will be prosecuted and imprisoned. The father simply disappears without further ado, while the mother gives LORE a feeble explanation of being sent to some camp. She leaves Lore a small amount of money and the jewelry she acquired over her lifetime, imploring her to use it to buy food, shelter and transportation for her and her siblings to reach their maternal grandmother's in the country near Hamburg. Considering that Lore's youngest brother was still breastfeeding when his mother abandoned the children, it is up to the now 14yo matriarch of this five person band to see them through. Ms Rosenthal gives a superbly believable and highly emotionally charged performance. That is the basic plot, but what happens along the way to Lore and her siblings is what truly makes this story come alive. Her ingenuity in employing ways of keeping her family alive is amazing. For all those loving drama this will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Phillips on June 19, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
There is no accounting for taste. So I won't argue with those who found the film boring or too painful.

But I found the film to be the most powerful and insightful look at the effect of the relentless indoctrination of German children during Hitler's reign that has ever been presented on the screen.

The acting is pitch perfect.

The slow developing awareness of the young woman that her whole mindset about Germany, the Nazis, and the Jews was an indoctrinated lie, is perfectly written, directed and acted.

There is no other film that has done this effectively.

It is harrowing, provocative, and touching.

If you have any interest at all in the impact of the Nazi's on the children they indoctrinated, don't miss this film.

And, by the way, the Blu Ray itself is excellent. Great visuals, sounds, and short but very illuminating extras.
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