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Cate Shortland (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This visually striking but sombre drama focuses on a small group of children making their way through a ravaged Germany in the months after the collapse of the Third Reich. But it is more than a gruelling study of survival, for these children have been brought up to believe every grotesque lie the Nazis told and are now confronted with the appalling truth. After her father and mother are arrested by the Allies, 14-year-old Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) is left to care for her younger siblings. They set off for their grandmother's house in Hamburg, a long journey that will bring the war home to them for the first time. In constant fear for her siblings as well as herself, Lore is also wary of - and perhaps attracted to - the young Jewish man (Kai Malina) who rescues and befriends them. Australian co-writer and director Cate Shortland gets astounding performances from a very young cast in a film that is quietly shocking and offers no comforting answers.


A German teenager raised by Nazis is left to look after her younger siblings after her parents are imprisoned in the last days of the Second World War. As she leads her family across the war-torn country, she is helped by a Jewish refugee and starts to question the beliefs her mother and father taught her. Drama, starring Saskia Rosendahl and Nele Trebs. In German and English.

Cast & Crew

Lore Saskia Rosendahl
Thomas Kai Malina
Liesel Nele Trebs
Mutti Ursina Lardi
Vati Hans-Jochen Wagner
Jürgen Mika Seidel
Günther André Frid
Director Cate Shortland
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Other Information

Language: German, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Violence, some swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Feb 2013