The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional story that offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime.
Through the lens of an eight year old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.
The imagined story of Bruno and Shmuel sheds light on the brutality, senselessness and devastating consequences of war from an unusual point of view. Together, their tragic journey helps recall the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust.
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Miramax Films
Release Date: November 7, 2008
Starring: Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Richard Johnson, Sheila Hancock, Jim Norton, David Heyman, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon
Directed by: Mark Herman
Produced by: David Heyman
Written by: Mark Herman
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