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Lore2012

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Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interned by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, fourteen-year-old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact. Based on the book "Lore" by Rachel Seiffert.

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Interesting postwar German point of view... Something most Americans probably didn't think about...

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Interesting postwar German point of view... Something most Americans probably didn't think about...

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A chilling look at postwar Germany, from the German perspective. The story revolves around a family whose children are left alone to fend for themselves, the parents have been arrested. The children travel through war torn Germany in search of shelter, and ultimately, their grandmothers home. A great film, is one which allows the viewer to clearly experience other worlds, times in history, and on occasion feel some of the feelings of its characters, literally feeling as if your present, and this feel achieves such heights, which makes this film standout. This is a heartbreaking film, in every which way, it's sincerity, and vision were clearly achieved, in every which way.

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Excellent, thought-provoking suspense drama, beautifully acted and directed. I was riveted from the very beginning. Make time in your schedule for this one.

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What happens when your entire world–wealth, security, parental love, and the values you were raised with–dissolve almost overnight? When the Third Reich suddenly collapses and American soldiers arrest her Nazi parents, teenage Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) must guide her four younger siblings across a destroyed Germany to their grandparents’ home. Luckily, she acquires a companion more skilled than she at living off the land. But she couldn’t possibly trust him; after all, he’s a Jew. Filmmakers Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee don’t let you off with easy moralizing; decent, generous people can be ardent Nazis. And there’s no heart-warming realization of human decency. See my full review at http://bayflicks.net/2013/02/27/lore-an-adolescents-view-of-the-fall-of-the-third-reich/.

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A must view for those who are curious about the aftermath of WW2, when you are the oldest among 5 young children (you are 14), and your parents are SS and supportive of the fuhrer. The brave 14 year-old, makes great strides in leading her siblings to safety . . . with the help of the unexpected. Curious about the WW2 aftermath? Then you must view this, and be touched.

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The innocence of the young is very well portrayed in "Lore", the eldest girl who must care for her brothers and sister during a long trek across a devastated land and its disillusioned people. The gradual erosion of beliefs she and her siblings had learned from her parents were illustrated both heartbreakingly and with stark realism.

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Gripping story of the cost of war and fanaticism on the innocent. Four sheltered children must travel alone across disintegrated and occupied Germany after their Nazi parents are arrested. Authentic with gritty, detailed cinematography and told from the perspective of the strong-willed, 14-year-old girl who must carry her still-nursing baby brother and three other siblings to safety, this reminded me a bit of Jane Campion. Excellent.

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The message of this film:It wasn't that much fun being a nazi. Especially at the end of the war.

A thought-provoking film ripe with historical perspective and a complex coming-of-age narrative.

Beautifully portrayed journey of a young woman from Nazi youth to disgust at what her country had done. But what does one do when one comes out of denial and realization far ahead of one's country folks?

impeccable, beautiful, touching

I am speechless.

Wow!

Don't miss this film.

A beautifully sad movie of heart in crisis

Probing, exquisitely sensitive window in to the German experience in the immediate aftermath of the war.

gripping

very touching interesting story