The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (1 star)

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(12A) 93min

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.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • 1 star
  • 2008
  • US/UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mark Herman
  • Cast: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend

Bruno (Butterfield) is the nine-year old son of a Nazi Commandant (Thewlis). When his father is seconded to manage a concentration camp, the lonely Bruno makes a new friend, Schmuel (Scanlon), beyond the high wire. Badly acted and clumsily directed, this liberal-guilt-monger-sweeping-cod-historical-nonsense is simply…

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1. EoGuy4 Sep 2008, 5:09pm Report

You mentioned the following " ... that went out of fashion with Esperanto"

Esperanto is alive and well, thank you very much, and in use daily in many places in the world. Pope Benedict XIV delivers messages in Esperanto. There were even Esperanto translators at the latest Olympics.

In fact, William Auld, a Scot IIRC, was world famous in the Esperanto world - Esperantujo, and was submitted for a Nobel Prize.

Vilchjo de Mesao Arizono, Usono

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