Monday, March 02, 2009

The boy in the striped pyjamas

UK 2008

Details  boyinthestripedpajamas

Seen 1 March 2009

Two eight year old boys strike a friendship despite trying circumstances. They are on different sides of the divide in war time Germany. Bit by bit we learn how thorough the programme to eliminate an unwanted people is perceived as just an ordinary event, done in the name of justice, to right a wrong. Being in the service of your country does not guarantee anyone anything. A slight omission of fact will get a ten fold punishment even if you have shown your loyalty to the country and leader unselfishly. In the meantime the propaganda machine does its job disseminating the approved facts but those in the inner circle know.

Wonderful performances from the two young actors give the story the added pathos.

A conundrum.


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