Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Movie)

This is a powerful and intense film based on the book by John Boyne. The description from the IMDb website says, "Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences." It is very interesting to see this from a child's perspective. Bruno, not knowing what the concentration camps is, calls it a farm, wonders why the people there wear pajamas all the time, and wonders what they are burning that smells so horrid. The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel is very touching.

Though movies like this can be difficult to watch, I think it's really important to watch them because we must never forget how horrible the Holocaust was. The movie is very well done, and I definitely want to read the book.

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