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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Popularity 5Viewed 2800 times 2014-5-2 13:04 |System category:Others| Movie, comment

“Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.


I had downloaded this film for a long time, but I didn’t watch it until yesterday.


It's a touching tale of an odd friendship between two boys in horrendous circumstances and a reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Bruno is a nine-year-old boy growing up in Berlin during World War II. He lives in a five-storey house with servants, his mother and father and 12-year-old sister, Gretel. His father is a soldier of German who has been promoted to take a different job in a suburban district near where locates a concentration camp trapping the Jews. His father’s job is to torture them by giving away the poisonous gas, burning them and any outrage you could ever imagine. Not knowing the fact, all his family members are so proud of Bruno’s father for they believe that he just fights for their great country. But fortunately, Bruno finds an approach to the “happy land” described in others’ mouths where he finds a same aged boy called Shmuel. Talking across the live fence, soon they become friends. After knowing what her husband have done to those poor lives, Mrs. Asa quarrels with her husband and insists on moving out with her children. Meanwhile, not able to resist his curiosity about the life in the camp, Bruno decides to dig a hole to get in to the camp in order to find Shmuel’s father. Unfortunately, they are caught into a cell. Wearing the striped pajamas, they are finally poisoned by the Nazi.


There are many movies involving the wars, especially about World War II such as Schindler’s List and The Pianist, but this is the first one that tells the story from the perspective of a child. Those bloody slaughters are weird, which makes the story even more merciless. Innocent children as they are, they may not get across the exact meaning of racism. But, they know what kindness is and what friendship represents. Compared with the absurd behaviors, the friendship between these disparate kids seems so scarce and untouched. And what matters is that they have mercy which can hardly be seen from the adults under that circumstance.


The film intends to tell us how horrible the wars are. Because whichever side of the war you belong to, you will be the victim anyway. The world should be as simple as the friendship between these two little young men. Neither the difference of various cultures nor racial barriers can prevent people from communicate with each other. They are just the barbed wire full of holes.

they shake hand through the live fence

the poster

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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-5-3 14:01
Wars are fought between governments. People care for people nevertheless!
Reply Report hawkman 2014-5-3 20:50
pretty essay, pretty spirit
Reply Report student1980 2014-5-3 20:54
hawkman: pretty essay, pretty spirit
Finally found a name,huh.
Reply Report hawkman 2014-5-3 21:01
student1980: Finally found a name,huh.
not found but created a new name, aha
Reply Report 心在人在 2014-5-4 14:03
It's a big surprise to enjoy your essay. I am proud of you.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-5-4 17:33
Excellent! Both the movie and your writing. How powerful friendship is! I'm glad we're friends. Wish you a great evening.
Reply Report student1980 2014-5-4 18:51
心在人在: It's a big surprise to enjoy your essay. I am proud of you.
Reply Report student1980 2014-5-4 18:53
teamkrejados: Excellent! Both the movie and your writing. How powerful friendship is! I'm glad we're friends. Wish you a great evening.
Thank you~

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