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Harrowing Coming of Age Tale
Release Date: February 08, 2013
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 109 minutes
Distributor: Music Box Films
Director: Cate Shortland
Executive Producer: None
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As the Russians and the Allies march on Berlin, Lore’s father takes his wife and children to a safe house in the woods. Her father never returns and her mother is ordered to town, where she’s arrested. Lore decides to take her younger sister and twin brothers to her grandmother’s house miles away in the north. Along the way, a young Jewish refugee named Thomas helps them, but he’s not what he appears to be. Also, Lore is shattered to learn of her father’s involvement in the genocide of the Jewish populace.
LORE moves a little too slow, but it’s a well-made production with some riveting, heartbreaking moments. It’s based on a novel, THE DARK ROOM, written by Rachel Seiffert, who was born in England to German and Australian parents.
Sadly, the story is a tale about the broken spirit of a teenage girl, who watches one of her younger brothers die and helps kill a man so she can steal his boat and get to safety. It’s the latter scene that requires the most extreme caution. In that scene, Lore distracts the man sexually so Thomas can sneak up on him and bash his head in with a rock. That experience haunts Lore at the end of the movie, where she smashes all the delicate little ceramic knick-knacks in her room at her grandmother’s house. Her life will never be the same happy time she experienced as a child. Before she realized the depth of her father’s crimes, her country’s crimes, and the depth of her own. It’s a bitter, depressing ending that seems to offer little hope.