Lore 2012

In spring 1945, the German army collapses. As the Allied forces sweep across the Motherland, five children embark on a journey which will challenge every notion we have of family, love and friendship.
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Strong themes and infrequent violence


Australian director Cate Shortland's adaptation of the novel The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert is a sensual and complex story that explores the tribulations faced by the young in the aftermath of World War II. When their Nazi SS parents are taken into Allied custody, five siblings are left to fend for themselves. Teenaged Lore, the oldest, takes charge, and the children set out to join their grandmother in Hamburg, some 900 km away. Along the arduous journey, the children encounter a populace suffering from postwar denial and deprivation, and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions.


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  • Youth group – Lore Review

    Reviewed by Simon Miraudo

    The history books are written by the winners. Cate Shortland considers what happens to the rest in her devastating World War 2 flick Lore (the long-anticipated follow-up to the AFI-scooping Somersa...

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Member Reviews

  • Tough movie content and too slow. ECB

  • Brillant film!!!!

  • Hard movie to watch. Interesting to see the "other" side of this war and the devastation that also effected Nazi sympathisers who could not believe what their Parents friends actually did as they truly believed the propaganda re Jews. Worth watching.

  • Excellent

  • Excellent film.

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