Stranded with her younger siblings after their Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads the remains of her family across war-torn Germany in 1945. In order to survive, the children must reach their Grandmother’s house in the North but amidst the chaos of a defeated nation. They stumble across a young Jewish refugee called Thomas, so putting their her prejudices aside, Lore must learn to trust a person she has been taught to hate. And as the consequences of her parent’s actions and beliefs apparent, Lore must also start to face the darkness within herself.
This is a stunning twist on the usual genre of German helps Jew and the treatment is beautifully done. Great acting by first-time actress, Saskia Rosendahl. Lore is a fiercely poetic portrait of a young woman staggering beyond innocence and denial, it’s about the wars that rage within after the wars outside are lost.
Verdict: A beautiful and powerful film and well worth watching. ****
This film will be shown in The Harbour Club, Portscatho on Tuesday 28th May. See trailer by clicking here.