“Hate is a failure of the imagination.” — Graham Greene
Rare anymore is the occassion that a movie is made that promises to grip at your heart and touch you deeply. It appears that just such a movie will be released into theaters and is one to watch for. Limited advanced screenings are set for October 28th. I can’t seem to find a date for a wider release but will be watching closely for one. Much like Life Is Beautiful or I Am David, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas looks at tragedy as seen through the innocent eyes of a child in a poignant manner that will touch even the hardest and most cynical of souls. The trailer on the movie’s website is gripping.
Based on the 2006 novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional story that offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime.
Through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.
The imagined story of Bruno and Shmuel sheds light on the brutality, senselessness and devastating consequences of war from an unusual point of view. Together, their tragic journey helps recall the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust.
Learn more about the book and movie at www.boyinthestripedpajamas.com
PLEASE NOTE: This film is rated PG-13 for Some Mature Thematic Material Involving the Holocaust