Mommy? Why do the farmers wear pyjamas?
These few words describe the innocence of an eight-year old child during World War 2.
The boy in the striped pyjamas is about the 8 year-old Bruno, who moves the ‘the country-side’ with his family. What he doesn’t know, is that his father is promoted to be the commandant of Auschwitz. He asks his mother why the farmers, who work in the house, wear striped pyjamas? His sister knows why her father is here, and is very proud of him. But when Bruno’s mother finds out people are being burnt she freaks out. She wants her children out of this place. In the meantime, Bruno has become friends with Schmuel, a boy in Auschwitz.
They become best friends, and when Schmuel’s father is missing, Bruno comes up with a plan to help Schmuel find his father…
This movie really touched me. To see the movie through the eyes of a little boy like Bruno, was very different. It takes away all the heaviness that lies in a subject like this. He doesn’t know what his father is doing, who the ‘farmers’ are, or why Jews are bad people..
I think that is a very good thing about this movie. A point of critic is the fact that the end was very predictable. But it really is a movie, I think, everyone should see.
There were two scenes is the movie that really touched me. The first one is the scene where a ‘prisoner’ puts a banage on Bruno’s knee, because he has fallen of the swing. I think that, in this scene, Bruno has very different feelings. His father and his sister tell him that Jews are bad people who kill and torture, but then why is this man so kind to him?
Another special scene is of course, the end scene. In this scene Bruno’s father realizes what he has caused… I’m not going to reveal more about this scene, or else you will know how it ends!
I liked the role of Bruno the best, because he really is that naïve and innocent. And that innocence shines through the whole movie. It is really convincing and touching.
I would definitely recommend this movie to others, because it shows how a lot of children have experienced World War 2. and I think a lot of people don’t really see that.
I would give this movie 4 stars, because of my little critical point.