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#287950 - 05/18/09 06:14 PM Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas
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***Not Triggering***

This is a movie I really enjoyed. I don't mean to undercut the tragic elements of the story. What I enjoyed is that the boy actor brought home to me so many memories of myself.

The boy Bruno, played by Asa Butterfield, is supposed to be 8, but I really suspect he is 9. But that doesn't matter. He just looked and acted like I think I must have at that age. That is precious to a guy who lost his childhood through traumatic abuse.

Furthermore, the cruel personality of Lieutenant Kotler was very much like that of my abuser at age 12. Not nice at all. Imagine a child like Bruno being in total care of a monster like Lt. Kotler for 2 weeks without any oversight and you have the picture of what happened to me.

Sometimes guys in MS ask what they can do to bring back memories of themselves. This is a good way. Watch films that are well done and that will bring you back to yourself at that age.

Allen

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Edited by pufferfish (05/18/09 10:04 PM)
Edit Reason: to add Lt. Kotler

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#287954 - 05/18/09 06:45 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: pufferfish]
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I almost rented this the other day. I wish I did now.


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#287975 - 05/18/09 09:37 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: Riley]
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This movie I rented at the local Movie Gallery too. I liked the movie somewhat, but the whole environment in the movie was "off". I mean you have an environment of which the people are supposed to be dressed in a German way, sound German as in speaking "atleast" with a German accent. The Jewish boy, his clothes were never dirty, neither were the other prisoners at the alledged Work Camp.

The mother of the boy, she became instantly "down", "mental" over becoming alledgedly so suddenly aware of the "smoke" in the woods from the "Camp" and yet when they, the parents decided the two children and wife would leave to reside with other relatives, the mother instantly is "back to normal" and is pleasant with her murderous husband. They were speaking and dressed as if they were in some '50 English movie, not from and of Germany, which made this movie less that real, atleast for me anyway. But wow, what an ending!!

They would have done a headcount and matched the numbers to make sure they were accounting for who they were exterminating too. Very unlikely a small boy would have gone unnoticed and unchecked in such a Concentration Camp regardless of how remote. German Nazis with the wonderful help of IBM of America, were obsessed with accountability in who they detained, and exterminated.

Want to read more? War Against the Weak, Breeding Better Vermonters, IBM and the Holocaust.

My family was targeted in New Hampshire by the Children's Aide Society (now called Children's Protective Services) which then allied with the Eugenics Movement here in New England.

Never assume it didn't happen here in Amerika. It did starting with the Native People's, Boarding Schools and Trains; etc.


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#288720 - 05/24/09 08:00 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: GeorgeMartin]
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THat was one of the toughest movies I've sat through. Was stuck with Jaw-On-Floor for quite a while.

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#293836 - 07/01/09 05:08 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: Still]
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I finally got around to renting this movie. Even though it may not have been historically accurate I definitely enjoyed it. Much like Mysterious Skin I thought it did a very good job of covering a very screwed up topic. With that ending, I can say that I view the Holocaust very differently. I saw many similarities with both Bruno and the other child. I'm still kind of shaking from that ending thou. Brought up alot of emotions.


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#293843 - 07/01/09 06:22 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: Riley]
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Allen,

I haven't seen this one yet, but thanks for your comment - it's on my list now. smile

Much love,
Larry

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#299212 - 08/13/09 11:42 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: roadrunner]
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Registered: 08/13/09
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i haven't seen this movie yet ... but i believe it should be ok



Edited by ModTeam (08/14/09 12:26 AM)

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#299222 - 08/14/09 01:43 AM Re: [Re: gimmeacall]
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Edited by Freedom49 (05/22/10 02:20 AM)

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#299277 - 08/14/09 12:38 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: Freedom49]
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I will be renting this movie. I KNOW it is healing to revisit the memories.

Another movie I just watched was "Vision Quest". I was awesome. My high school days were NEVER like this but, I can start now.

DJ

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#299309 - 08/14/09 04:03 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: DJsport]
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I saw it's available to instantly watch via netflix.... so one of these nights....


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#299351 - 08/14/09 08:35 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: JustScott]
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I watched this movie and admired it for it's desired intention, but was saddened by it's utter failure to adhere to any kind of historical accuracy. This does not mean I regretted watching it.......but.........

Ok, 1st of all, the children and old people were the very first ones to be gassed and executed.............

2ond, being able to dig through a fence at a concentration camp without being SHOT be a guard was just plain silly.......

But besides these major flaws.......it was a well intentioned film. It reminded us that childhood is TRULY an innocent time in our lives on this earth. Racism, politics, ideology, appearance, ethnic background.......these things mean NOTHING to children.......just watch them when mixed up together in playgrounds........white kids, black kids, Jewish kids,......they could care LESS about what religion, background, or race their playmates are. We should strive to model our adult lives around what children display every day.

I recommend the film for one-time viewing to anyone with an open mind and not expecting sensationalism or happy endings, not every film is meant to be "enjoyed".


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#299430 - 08/15/09 07:50 PM Re: Movie: The Boy In the Striped Pajamas [Re: Hauser]
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I saw the movie, and loved it. Cried my eyes out! But was amazed, too.

Alan: It seems to me that "-isms" are always a learned, not a born-with, deficiency. Same with a few "phobias."

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