Lore

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Australian director Cate Shortland’s (Somersault) adaptation of the novel The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert is a sensual, complex story that explores the hardships faced by the young in the aftermath of World War II. Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact. (Dir. by Cate Shortland, 2012, Australia/UK/Germany, in German with subtitles, 108 mins., Not Rated, Music Box Films) Digital