Directed by Cate Shortland • 2012 • Australia, Germany
Starring Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, Mike Weidner
Left to fend for themselves after their Nazi father and mother 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, fourteen-year-old Lore (Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the North. After meeting the charismatic Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina), a mysterious young refugee, Lore finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the kind of person she has always been taught to hate. Lush cinematography and evocative landscapes lend a haunting, fairy-tale quality to this powerful exploration of the Holocaust’s legacy.