After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must trust someone she was taught to hate and face the darkness within herself.
Given its transnational provenance – its Anglo-German source novel adapted by a British-Bengali screenwriter, its Australian director and its bleak Nazi-era subject matter – I’m reluctant to dub Lore a straightforwardly German movie. This might seem counterintuitive given its story: a 14-year-old German daughter of prominent Nazis is left to trek northwards across a ruined Germany in the weeks after the Nazi collapse, her infant siblings and a displaced Jewish boy in tow, and her Nazi assumptions slowly unravelling … Click here for the full review
After launching Abbie Cornish’s career with the sexy Somersault, director Cate Shortland has made the unusual choice of directing a post-World War II drama. In German. Teenage Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) must lead her younger siblings to safety after her Nazi parents bolt. While crossing occupied Germany, Lore gradually begins to learn the truth about the Nazi regime and reluctantly accepts the help of an older Jewish boy … Click here for the full review and rating
Imaginatively adapted by Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault) from The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert and built around Rosendhal’s outstanding performance, this oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual’s experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation … Click here for the full review and rating
Saskia Rosendahl gives a memorable performance in the lead, depicting an Aryan teenager completely out of her depth and unwilling to surrender her devotion to Nazism. As a further complication, just as she’s having to play nursemaid to her younger siblings she is also awkwardly becoming aware of her own sexuality. This arrives in the ambiguous form of refugee Thomas, played by Kai Malina, who holds Jewish travel papers (which may or may not be his) … Click here for the full review