The Boy in Striped Pajamas

dir. Mark Herman

I’m not sure where exactly I heard about this film, but something compelled me to move it to the top of my Netflix queue.

Based off of the novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas(2008) is a captivating story set in Polish countryside during World War II. 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) lives in Berlin with his father, mother, and sister, but when Bruno’s father recieves an important promotion in the German army, the family is forced to relocate. Their new home lies in rural Poland, right next to the concentration camp Bruno’s father is now in charge of. Being quite the explorer, Bruno soon discovers that he has the only room in the house with a view of the camp, which he believes to be a farm and all of it’s prisoners to be farmers wearing, for some reason or another, striped pajamas. Even though his mother has forbidden him to play with the children on “the farm”, Bruno escapes from the confines of his home and discovers a young jewish boy named Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) on the other side of an electric fence which separates two worlds that were forbidden to intersect. The two boys’ unconventional friendship leads to an unpredictable ending which kept me guessing up until the last few mintues of the film.

At a mere 94 minutes, this film will make an hour and a half of time worth your while. Filled with adventure and friendship, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not exactly a feel-good, pick-me-up type of movie, but it certainly is a touching tale. If you haven’t already seen it, do as I did and order it from Netflix as soon as you can. You won’t be disappointed. (And if you don’t have Netflix, get with the program! It’s the best thing that ever happened to movies.)

— Haley Rheinhart —
haley.dustbowl@gmail.com

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