DVD - 2013 | German
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Abandoned by their Nazi parents at the end of World War II, five German siblings, led by fourteen year old Lore embark on a harrowing journey across their war-torn country.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC LOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jun 09, 2018

Total agreement with 2 other reviews 1) it's definitely not entertainment 2) you cannot understand, much less accept any other view than the one you've had drummed into your mind at an early age. I suppose any age if you are not of an curious mind, unhappy with the lot you've got & not willing or able to consider alternatives, investigate offerings. This young girl & her siblings have know nothing but blind praise & admiration for their leader.

Additionally they have been indoctrinated with the age old myth that their faith is the only faith, therefore all other faiths are anamatha & dead set against their own belief system. The people who deny what was done in WWII concentration camps will never believe otherwise. As this film points out the myriad of comments made: those bodies were actors, they were switched to different positions to look otherwise, worst of all - they deserved death. Such believers will go to their graves with this belief. It was a sad & miserable look at our past & possibly our future.

I felt the actors were excellent. The emotions raw.

ArapahoeJeremiah Sep 19, 2017

Even with the difficult subject matter, I enjoyed this film very much. It is well-made and addresses both the worst and the best aspects of humanity.

Apr 15, 2017

Melancholic look at lives turned upside down by war.
Lead actress presents an ethereal picture of a young woman thrust into a nightmarish situation.

Apr 06, 2017

Teen Lore and her younger siblings went on a harrowing journey from "Black Forest" to "Husum," from the southern to northern end of Germany, when their Nazi parents abandoned them soon after Hitler's death. Watched another survival film with a teen girl as the lead "How I Live Now 2014" and rated that 3 stars. This one is a cut above in every aspect and the twists in the final 20 minutes were clever and heart breaking.

Jan 09, 2017

you can't know what you haven't had a chance to learn.
5 children who grew up in a Nazi family in a Nazi country are abandoned as their parents are arrested at the end of the war. 14 year old Lore takes them on a difficult journey to their grandmother's home and despite her own reduced status she still feels herself superior to the other war victims she meets along the way, even those who help her.

the final arrival at Grandmother's is eye-opening for Lore as she learns to trust her own experience rather than living by the rules imposed upon her.

great performances and cinematography

Aug 11, 2016

Just more victor propaganda.

Usurers = Good guys

Germans = The most evil people in the world.

Jul 23, 2016

This is a movie that definitely does not fall into the 'entertainment' category. Anyone who blindly supports and celebrates the military without any awareness of the human devastation ought to watch this film with a 14year old female and explain why.

Apr 05, 2016

Germany: Lore, a story of a 14 year old girl whose parents have been arrested by the allies, father a death camp commandant. Lore's trek to their aunts house across Germany with younger sister ,twin brothers, and young infant brother in tow with its twists and turns is very moving. You'll want to see it twice.

Jan 14, 2016

This is a 2012 Australian-German-British historical drama directed by Cate Shortland, based on Rachel Seiffert's much awarded novel "The Dark Room."
In southwestern Germany, during the immediate aftermath of World War II, five destitute siblings must travel 900 km to their grandmother's home in Husum Bay near Hamburg after their high-level Nazi parents disappear in the face of certain arrest by Allied Forces.
Along the way, they encounter a variety of other Germans, some of whom are helpful while others are antagonistic.
Eventually they meet up with a young man who has been pretending to be Thomas, a young Jewish concentration camp survivor, who joins their group and becomes their unofficial guardian.
It is a story about a harsh way of survival as well as a strikingly unique coming-of-age tale, in which a 14-year-old protagonist goes through the ugly reality.

Nov 21, 2015

Although she doesn’t speak the language herself, director and co-writer Cate Shortland has fashioned the quintessential film examining the German zeitgeist immediately following WWII and she calls upon every dark fairy tale archetype to do so as her cameras follow a group of frightened children making their way to grandmother’s house. Heavily influenced by the Australian New Wave aesthetic of the 70s and 80s, Shortland indulges in handheld camerawork and languorous slow-motion pans of sun-dappled silences…an effect simultaneously soothing and vaguely disquieting, like the prelude to a nightmare. A sense of weary disillusionment flows through every frame of her film so that even the erotic interplay between the two teenaged leads takes on an edge of sad desperation and our young protagonist's constant attempts to wash the dirt off her body become a study in futility. Finally, a set of final scenes drive home the fact that once innocence has been violated one can never truly go home again. A moody, at times surreal film which addresses a facet of the second world war not often seen in cinema.

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Apr 11, 2017

And the lies. Those Americans. With their photographs. Actors. The Americans paid all of them.
I know what you are. You're a Jew. I saw it on your papers. I don't want you touching them, do you understand me?
Are you going to prison?
-You mustn't worry.
I won't.
-It is a camp. Yes. It is not a prison. Prison is for criminals.
The Americans have special little prisons for children like you. Horrible places, where children are tortured.

You lie! You always lie. You can't help it. All you filthy Jews! Sometimes I look at you, and I can see them. One lie after the other. They are everywhere. I can't stop thinking of it.

Apr 11, 2017

You must remember who you are. You mustn't worry. They will be here soon. But we mustn't be afraid. Before the victory there is always pain.
A German boy does not steal and then cry like a baby.
Attention, attention! We are under American control. Shooting from behind, sabotage and looting are prohibited. These crimes will be punished by death. All Germans and non-Germans are instructed to go home. You are only allowed outside between 8-10am and 4-6pm.
"The good Comrade": I used to have a comrade. You won't find a better one. The drum called us to battle. He marched by my side. With the same pace and stride. A bullet came flying. Was it meant for you or me? It tore him away. He was lying at my feet. As if he was a part of me. His hand is reaching out for mine, While l'm reloading my gun. I can't give you my hand, but in eternal life, remain my good comrade! (link to a version of the song in "Videos.")

Apr 11, 2017

You must never feel ashamed of them. It is all over now. Your parents did nothing wrong. You know that, don't you? Look at me when I'm talkin! They did nothing wrong.
They're exaggerating it. They're always the same photos, just a different angle each time. An the people are thin and lying on the ground.
-But it said they killed them. S
hut up. Stop talking about it. It's not like the soldiers in these pictures killed all these people. You don't see any pictures of them actually killing them right?
Germany is all broken up. There's a Russian zone, a British zone, a French zone. We're in the American one. Hamburg is in Germany. Thomas says there isn't a Germany. He said the Russians hate us. All the enemies hate us and we can't be trusted anymore. And all the men will be punished.

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