Vera Farmiga (Elsa), David Thewlis (Ralf), Asa Butterfield
(Bruno), Jack Scanlon (Schmuel), Amber Beattie (Gretel), Sheila Hancock (Natalie), Richard Johnson (Matthias)
Based on a fictional novel by John Boyne, the story
focuses on the doomed friendship between the son of a Nazi soldier and a Jewish boy imprisoned at Auschwitz, both children around 8 years old and too young to understand the true nature of
the events that surround them.
Very well directed and acted, with close attention to detail
and the period.
Although it has a powerful message to convey, it doesn't quite
explore or resolve the points it raises. Still, it's a good film to educate those not ready for the horrors of the holocaust which are depicted in Schindler's List or The Pianist (qv), not that
this harrowing piece of filmmaking should suffer by comparison.