- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (film)
name = The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
writer = Novel:
Vera Farmiga David Thewlis Rupert Friend Asa Butterfield Jack Scanlon
editing = Michael Ellis
BBC Films Heyday Films
released = flagicon|IRLflagicon|UK
September 12 2008
November 7 2008
runtime = 94 minutes
United Kingdom, United States
language = English
website = http://www.thefilmfactory.co.uk/boy/
imdb_id = 0914798
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is a British-American drama film directed by
Mark Hermanand produced by David Heyman, starring Asa Butterfield, David Thewlisand Vera Farmiga. It is based on the book of the same name by Irish novelist John Boyne. It has been reviewed as "One of the most powerful endings ever captured on film".
Bruno is an eight year old
Germanboy who leads a very comfortable life in Berlin during the Second World War. His father is a high ranking Naziofficer, and things change when the family has to move due to his father’s new post. In his innocence, Bruno sees the nearby concentration camp as a ‘farm’ and wonders why its inhabitants are always wearing striped pyjamas. Eventually Bruno befriends a boy his own age who lives on the other side of the fence.
Asa Butterfield), is the son of the strict commander of a Nazi concentration camp ( David Thewlis). He has a strong headed sister, Gretel. They live in a five storey mansion, but are one day suddenly moved to a place called Out-With ( Auschwitz). Bruno, outraged by his father's decision to move to Out-With, and desperate to go home, spends his time in his room with no friends. He is also annoyed by the fact that they live in a three story house instead of their old five-story mansion, and with such a small space, there isn't any room for exploration (a hobby of Bruno's) to be done. He also misses sliding down the banister in their old house. From his bedroom window, Bruno spots a fence with people in striped pyjamas behind it. These are the Jews, and they are in a concentration camp, with a couple working in the family home, this is where he first meets Pavel ( David Hayman), a doctor who mends Bruno's cuts when he falls of the swing. One day his parents come to an agreement that both Bruno and Gretel need a tutor for their education so they hire Herr Liszt (Jim Norton). To Bruno, Herr Liszt is the most boring teacher one could ever have - because he teaches history instead of the imaginative literature , which Bruno prefers. So, in boredom and confusion he wonders what is going on at Out-With and why people are always dressed in striped pyjamas there.
Bruno, unaware of the reason behind the War, becomes friends with a Jewish boy, named Shmuel (
Jack Scanlon), who has been put in the camp at the bottom of Bruno's garden. Shmuel's father goes missing (the boys are unaware that he has likely been killed) and Bruno decides to break into the prison camp, disguised as a worker to help him find his father. Shmuel sneaks some 'pyjamas' clothes to his young friend and they dig his way into the camp.
Once inside, the boys are shifted into a chamber where they are eventually killed together. This is juxtaposed with Bruno's mother (
Vera Farmiga), father and sister realising that he has gone missing from the garden. Finding the boy's clothes next to the hole in the fence, Bruno's father tries to find him before it is too late. He runs throughout the camp, eventually discovering a completely empty hut. He comes to the conclusion that Bruno has been brought to the gas chamber, but it is too late. The screams and shouts of the people inside have been silenced. The movie ends with the camera moving slowly away from the door, panning out to reveal the hundreds of striped 'pyjamas' hanging, forgotten like their wearers, outside the door.
Asa Butterfieldas Bruno
David Thewlisas Father
Vera Farmigaas Mother
Jack Scanlonas Shmuel
Sheila Hancockas Grandmother
Richard Johnsonas Grandfather
Rupert Friendas Lt Kotler
Amber Beattieas Gretel
Cara Horganas Maria
David Haymanas Pavel
* Jim Norton as Herr Liszt (The Tutor)
The motion picture was shot in
The film is currently being shown in cinemas across the United Kingdom, and is receiving fantastic reviews for its educational and moving plot, and for its easy understanding for both adult and child alike. However some reviews have took notice to the
BBFC12A certificate, feeling that it may be a little harsh for a young child to watch, but others argue that the film is a cleverly explained piece of education.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0914798/ IMDB site]
* [http://thefilmfactory.co.uk/boy/ Official UK site]
* [http://www.boyinthestripedpajamas.com/ Official US site]
* [http://harrypotterspage.com/news.php/2008/09/19/exclusive-heyman-on-boy-in-striped-pyjamas-hbp-and-dh123.html Interview with producer David Heyman about "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas"]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/audio/2008/sep/10/londonfilmfestival/ Guardian Audio Interview with David Thewlis about his role in the film]
* [http://www.tvhits.co.uk/star_interview_arc.php?id=212 Interview with Asa Butterfield, the young star of "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas"]
* [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/film_reviews/article4725128.ece Times Online Review of the film]
* [http://www.jameshorner.de/ German Language website for composer James Horner with Film and Soundtrack Clips]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7610794.stm BBC article on the film's suitability for children]
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