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Lore, January 2014

Lore showing Thursday 30th January 2014 at the Cranleigh Film ClubGermany 2012. Director Cate Shortland.

Certificate 15

The story of Hannalore a German teenager conducting her siblings from the Black Forest to Hamburg at the end of World War II and coming to terms with her parents complicity in the Final Solution. Sakia Rosendahl acts with skill and depth in a brave, revealing film.

We see everything through Lore’s adolescent eyes, confronting a devastated country, the nation’s guilt, death, degradation, hunger and fear. It feels like a dream being recalled, and there is no sentimental ending to suggest a healing experience.

The children’s ensemble acting is perfect. Not a very profound, but a highly illuminating film.

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