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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.2008.Mark Herman

November.18.2009

We can always get the best sad stories from war accounts. And the hardest thing for the filmmakers is the task of letting the viewers watch something that would probably let them shed a tear as they finish the film. They also could set the mood to dark, since the theme of the film is already gloomy or the best thing that they can impose is letting the viewer finish the film without a heavy heart.

I believe that the writers wouldn’t run out of stories for their war films. They’ve tackled a pianist as a survivor (The Pianist); a philanthropist who saved a thousand Jews (Schindler’s List); or looking for someone else’s brother (Saving Private Ryan). Then, we have this film, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, where we follow the journey of a boy whose father is a Nazi soldier who runs a concentration camp.

The run of the film was made as innocent as possible. That is where director Mark Herman was able to pull it through. They were able to inform us that a little boy will always ask the curious questions and if the answers lack depth for a boy then the boy will look for the answer himself and boy it was an eye-opening treat for us.

One of the best points in the film is the relationship of the Nazi boy and the boy in the striped pyjamas. It was interesting to hear such dialogue that despite the harmless conversation, as adults, we get to engage to what they’re talking about. And to add, that children will always be children. If their playmate hurts them, they don’t prolong the hate, they let bygones be bygones.

It was hard for me to have a compassion for the Nazi boy but mark Herman was able to maneuver it to the direction wherein you’ll give concern to him due to his naïve nature.

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