The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “An amazing story of Childhood innocence, Sacrifice and timeless friendship!”

Based on the novel by John Boyne, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is a wrenching Holocaust story about a young German boy and his forbidden friendship with a Jewish child. Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is… Based on the novel by John Boyne, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is a wrenching Holocaust story about a young German boy and his forbidden friendship with a Jewish child. Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is living a charmed life in Berlin as the son of a high-ranking Nazi soldier, when his father (David Thewlis) is suddenly transferred to a job out in the country. Bruno, as well as his sister Gretel (Amber Beattie) and mother (Vera Farmiga) must all join him at his new post. Bruno is lonely and confused by his new surroundings, and he doesn’t understand why he can’t wander the grounds or play at a nearby farm.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The “farm,” of course, is a concentration camp, though Bruno doesn’t know this. He soon sneaks away to explore, and meets Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) a prisoner of the camp. Shmuel is eight, the same age as Bruno, and the two form a timid, careful friendship, playing checkers and catch through the barbed wire fence. Bruno knows that his friendship with Shmuel is dangerous, but after witnessing brutal violence perpetrated against some very kind people, he has begun to question the Nazi doctrine of hate.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

He is no longer sure what to make of his soldier father, whom he once believed to be a hero. When he learns that Shmuel is in trouble, he vows to help him, and together the boys form an outrageous plan that culminates in the film’s devastating climax. Farmiga and Thewlis put in excellent performances, while Scanlon and Butterfield, are equally impressive, doing a fine job of carrying the weight of such a heavy film. The BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is a deeply moving and–it must be said–disturbing movie. But it is a remarkable story, told with masterly intelligence and grace.


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Posted on March 1, 2009, in Drama, Suspense. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

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  2. The movie is wonderful but the book is even more masterful. You truly ‘hear’ the story from the perspective of a young child with no idea what is going on. It is a moving story both on film and in print – worth reading even if you are not a reader!

  3. Hi Mike and Allison,

    I’m so happy you guys liked my site and the movie. I loved the movie too. Have a great day!

  4. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
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  5. the movie was good but at the end it skipped parts and went to fast.

  6. 🙂

    p.s my sis said shes going to die from high cholesteral and she is 13 years old ( she was fooling around )

  7. My English class at school did this (and still doing) this book as sort of a project thing. It acutally has more depth and meaning than you think. If you think about what shmuel said on page 128 and 129 and about how Lietuenant beats Pavel up, there is more depth than you think to that aswell. This is a powerful book, I wouldn’t recomend this to anyone under the age of 12. This is truly an upsetting book that is all about division and just being different and how this tears us upart.
    But this is an amazing book, 😀

    • i tink i get the depth but im not sure its right is it foreshadow maybe not but i did enjoy the book im on 2nd timeon chapter 11 i finishd in 2 days yesteday now im reading again started today

  8. It really is a truly powerful and amazing book. I’d have to say one of the most powerful and moving books I have ever read! I could also not agree more with it being slightly inappropriate for anyone under than 12, they just wouldn’t fully understand it.

  9. the movie was boring

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  12. I absolutely LOVED the movie! It was so moving :’)

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