Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, and in honour of that I watched The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, as the suggested film (Wakolda) was too new to be available to me. I first watched the film in Year 9 when we were studying the holocaust, and I think that was of use in me rewatching it as I was prepared for the events shown. This review will be short as I don’t want to give too much away.
The film is a fantastic portrayal of the realities of the holocaust in my opinion. Although it focuses on a small camp, the atrocities alluded to in the film are reflected as larger scale occurrences – a systematic, state ordered genocide.
What gives the film its charm and emotion is that the holocaust is experienced by an 8 year old boy. The way that it was filmed was such that they maintained the innocence of the child actors until the final scenes so that the response to events depicted in the film was accurate to how children, and even adults, would have responded at the time.
Heartbreaking to watch, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an important exploration of the events of the holocaust that should be watched by all. Four stars.