Friday, April 12 2013, 07:54 PM MDT
Movie Review: Lore
4 out of 5 Stars
Director • Cate Shortland
Starring • Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi
Rated • NR
Recommended to • WWII history buffs and those looking for a powerful and original coming-of-age narrative.
With Allied forces taking control of Germany and her parents arrested and placed in detainment camps Lore, a teenage German, must lead her brothers and sister through the war torn countryside to find a safe place to live with her relatives.
“Lore” is a German film with many layers. It is a brilliantly crafted coming-of-age story about a young woman forced to grow up and confront the brutality of being mislead by her parent’s propaganda and rhetoric while trying to protect her siblings from the danger her parent’s actions created. Through Lore we are shown what it is to be German at the close of World War II. Humiliated, shocked and defeated the country was forced to accept not only the loss of the war, but also the weight of an unattained vision of greatness. As their eyes were opened to the depravity that they allowed they still struggled to cling to the ideology that promised them victory and left them and their country ravished and controlled by a trio of angry enemy governments.
“Lore” is filled with a stunning amount of self-analysis and insight to who the Germans were and the course they were forced to take to become the country they are today.
-Ryan Michael Painter