The horrors of the Holocaust are downplayed in the eyes of a naïve young boy in this adaptation of John Boyne’s powerful novel. When a Nazi officer gets promoted, he moves his family to a desolate area outside of a death camp in order to oversee the mass killings. The officer’s son views his father as a great man who has relocated them to a pleasant farm where he can make friends with a boy wearing striped pajamas, just like the other people the opposite side of the barbed-wire fence. Writer/director Mark Herman and the cast, including Asa Butterfield as the Nazi’s son, create an emotionally intense, must-see film.


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