Eight-year-old Bruno is upset when his father’s new job takes the family away from 1940s Berlin to live in the country, but his mood improves after he makes friends with Shmuel, a boy his own age. A barbed-wire fence, however, separates his new friend, from him because Bruno’s father is a concentration camp commandant and Shmuel is one of its Jewish prisoners…
Based on John Boyne’s critically acclaimed children’s book, this fable-like British movie handles its subject matter with great sensitivity and builds slowly to a shattering climax. Of course, the story isn’t realistic, but there is a core of truth at the movie’s heart, and a surprising toughness as director Mark Herman takes the viewer on a journey from innocence to horror. (Released 9th March)
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