The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
- Paul Dale
- 4 September 2008
Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is the nine-year-old son of a Nazi Commandant (David Thewlis). When his father is seconded to manage a concentration camp in a remote area of the Fascist empire, the lonely Bruno makes a new friend, Schmuel (Jack Scanlon), beyond the high wire. But will the innocence of their friendship survive the last panicked days of the Nazi Holocaust?
Based on John Boyne’s bewilderingly successful novella this is the kind of badly acted, clumsily directed, liberal-guilt-monger-sweeping-cod-historical-nonsense that went out of fashion with Esperanto, Europudding and worthy, endless issue-led US TV mini series’ (usually directed by Marvin J Chomsky, go on look him up).
Adapted and directed with typical tedious forthrightness by Yorkshireman Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Little Voice) this boring, unnecessary film is a strained, cynical step into the no doubt lucrative market of Holocaust pseudo porn.
General release from Fri 12 Sep.