DVD Review: Lore

Life on the other side.
 
There's been plenty of films about the holocaust, but one type that we do not often see is from the eyes of the children of Nazis. That's where Lore comes in.
 
Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) is tasked with taking her siblings (all younger than her, and one an infant) across Germany to Hamburg to see their grandmother. Lore's parents were Nazis, and they've turned themselves in so that they won't be killed. Along the way, they meet a Jewish man named Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina) who helps them along the way. Lore now sees the good in the people she's been raised to hate.
 
This was written and directed by Care Shortland, who did the wonderful Somersault back in 2004. (Lore was Australia's submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar) There are sweeping images that really reminded me of Somersault as well. The problem is, this story is far to depressing to get lost in. I felt terrible for Lore and her siblings. (And for the actor portraying that baby, because holy shit, he cried the entire time) Even though the ending gave them a chance at happiness, they'll never be fully happy, will they?
 
The acting was fine, the story was fine, everything about this movie was just fine, but it's not something I'd ever care to watch again.
 
Recommended: No
 
Grade: C
 
Memorable Quote: "It's ok, I'm just letting him out.." - Vati (Hans-Jochen Wagner)

6 comments:

  1. NOOOOOO!!!!! This movie is a near masterpiece! One of the best I've seen from this year. UGH, I'm so sad you didn't like this :-(

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    1. So am I, because the synopsis sounded really interesting! It just felt so....meh.

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  2. At first glance the premise sounds intriguing but based on your review I'm not exactly keen on seeing this.

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  3. Sorry you didn't like this one. It's still one of the best of the year for me. :(

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    1. I must be the only person that didn't like it.

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