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Lore (Blu-ray Review)

19 Jun, 2013 By: Angelique Flores

Music Box
Box Office $0.96 million
$29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray
Not rated.
In German with English subtitles.
Stars Saskia Rosendahl, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Ursina Lardi, Kai Malina.

Few World War II films are presented from the perspective of the Nazis or of children. This German war drama powerfully does both.

Lore is 14 years old, and though she is the oldest child in the family, she is still very much a child with her perfectly plaited braids and innocently sweet dresses.

Her father, a Nazi officer, has come home to pack up his family and hide them in the countryside, as the Allied occupation spreads across Germany. He quickly flees, then Lore’s mother follows, and Lore is left to care for not only herself but also her four younger siblings.

Knowing only what they’ve been taught, the children are ignorant to the atrocities of the Nazis and have learned to despise Jews and Americans.

Not well liked by the family who’s housing them, the children are soon kicked out and set out for the long trip to their grandmother’s house. With no trains running and little money, Lore is forced to grow up fast in a morally corrupt world where people are pushed to their limits to survive.

A young man, Thomas, begins to follow them and soon joins them to help them survive. Feeling conflicted, Lore doesn’t trust him because he is a Jew; still she appreciates his help and finds herself attracted to him.

During the life-altering journey, Lore learns the truth about her father and his crimes and eventually places all her trust in a man she was taught to hate.

This unique coming-of-age story illuminates some of the unexpected victims of Hitler’s regime in a remarkably moving way.

Saskia Rosendahl gives an extraordinary performance as Lore, a girl who must shoulder adult responsibilities as everything she knows is turned upside down.

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