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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it !! Saskia Rosendahl is simply terrific. Highly recomendedPublished 15 days ago by Robert S Zoller
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I watched this movie on a whim, yet three days and three viewings later, I can't get it out of my head. Read morePublished 2 months ago by pinto4402
German children fleeing the collapse of the German Reich and escape the advancing allied armies. They are befriend by young stranger escaping the holocaust. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chazzart
Now this is a different take on the WW2 aftermath. Not a perfect film but nonetheless very good and makes one think.Published 8 months ago by William R. Toddmancillas