Bored and restless in his new home, Bruno, an innocent and naive eight-year-old, ignores his mother and sets off on an adventure in the woods. Soon he meets a young boy, and a surprising friendship develops. Set during World War II, based on the best –selling novel by John Boyne, this remarkable and inspiring story about the power of the human spirit will capture your heart and engage your mind.
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- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas review by JD
The prospect a seeing a film with two child unknown actors in the main roles must not put you off seeing this film. Their acting is out of this world, utterly convincing and fantastically moving. The plot based on the holocaust has not been done from this angle before and I cannot imagine a better way of doing it than through the eyes of a child. The areas of want are in fact in some of the adult acting which is a bit OTT.
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A mediocre film saved by its powerful ending.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas review by 'Clx2'
If it wasn't for the powerful and tragic ending of this film, it wouldn't have featured particularly on anybody's radar. So much about the plot is unbelievable, even before we get to the final dénouement. The acting of the child playing Schmuel is only just bearable, and many of the historical details are incorrect. For instance, the actors not only all have cut-glass English accents, but the 'German' characters and those with Eastern European names all understand each other perfectly - in reality, they would probably not have spoken the same language. There are much better holocaust films.