THE BOY IN THE STRIPPED PAJAMAS (2008)
A film by Mark Herman
Cast: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
A boy Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is growing up in a comfortable household in Berlin, circa 1940. His dad (David Thewlis) goes off to the office every day. He’s a Nazi official. Bruno does not think much about that but he looks up to his dad. One day Bruno gets the news that his dad has to move to the country. Bruno does not want to leave to this new house. It is a farm hi parents tell him thinking that he is going to love it. His grandma (Sheila Hancock) doesn’t approve of the move either. It is a big house in the country surrounding with walls and a gate with a Nazi with a dog standing watch. It does not look like a farm house. Bruno ask his parents why does the farmer wear striped pajamas. They gave him the run around so Bruno is going ti find out for himself . Army official are around a lot and has meeting with Bruno’s dad most of the days. Way back his house Bruno Meets a boy behind the barbwire who wear blue striped pajamas. A relationship is beginning to form. Until one day all hell brakes loose.
Here is a great film from the point of view of the kids then later on moves to the point of view of the Parents. You see a ordinary family where the father is a nazi official and conduct business with graph and chart and a lot of propaganda. It is later on that the wife finds out what is going on and she is disgusted in horror. On the other hand her daughter is brainwashed by her teacher who comes to the house 3 times a week also by the young officer/ chauffeur. Hitler relied on telling lies and a lot of propaganda to motivate his army although if they didn’t comply they were killed. It was the biggest mass murderer that the world has ever seen. On the other hand Bruno is unaware of the danger of it he meets this young jew on the other side of the fence. His friend does not know where is father is. He went working on the other side and didn’t come back. That is all I am going to say about this film just in case you didn’t see it. Keep it mind it is a heartbreak story. No happy ending there.