PG-13 | | Drama, War
Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Bruno's parents are named Ralf and Elsa, but in the credits of the film they are listed as "Father" and "Mother." This is a tribute to the novel, in which the narrative focuses solely on Bruno's point of view.
Bruno: Mum, what's going on?
Mother: We're celebrating.
Mother: Mm, your father's been given a promotion.
Gretel: That means a better job.
Bruno: I know what promotion is.
Mother: So we're having a little party to celebrate.
Bruno: He's still going to be a soldier ...
As Bruno is waving goodbye to his friends near the beginning of the film, you can see some gates behind his friends. There were electronic motor actuators on these gates that would not have been around during the 1940s.
Quotation displayed before the opening titles: "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows - John Betjeman"
£513,653 (UK) (12 September 2008)
$9,030,581 (USA) (16 January 2009)
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