Tuesday, April 14

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

When Brandon and I were at the video store for him to rent a game on Saturday, I saw a movie that intrigued me. On Monday evening I went back and rented The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

In 2006, Irish novelist John Boyne's book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, was released in the US. From then until present, over 4,000 copies have been sold and it has been turned into a movie.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, tells the story of Bruno, the son of a German commander. The family lives in Berlin during WWII. Bruno's father receives a promotion and the family moves to Poland near the concentration camp of "Out With," what today is known as Auschwitz. Bruno, his sister and his mother often wonder what is burning at the camp, as the black smoke pours from the chimneys.

One day while exploring, Bruno comes upon the barbed wire around the concentration camp. Sitting nearby is a boy of his own age by the name of Shumel. The boy asks him if he has any food and Bruno promises to return the next day with something to eat.

Over time, Bruno and Shumel become good friends. Bruno brings food for Shumel and they play checkers and ball through the barb wire fence. Then, Bruno's mother finds out what is really burning at the concentration camp and she informs Bruno and his sister that they are leaving.

On the day they are to depart, Bruno seeks out Shumel, who has brought an extra concentration camp uniform with him. He sheds his clothes and scurries under the fence where he joins Shumel in a search for his father.

What happens next is something that is every parent's nightmare. Does Bruno return to his family? What becomes of this boy who is the German commander's son?

This movie is not fast paced, but tells the story of two boys who do not see the difference between German and Jew, but see only another human being who, each in his own way, is a captive of the war.

This is a powerful story of war that you won't want to miss. I do warn that tissues may be needed.

What good movies have you watched lately? I would appreciate any recommendations you may have. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. I saw this one in our video store and wondered about it. Thanks for the review, I'll be watching it.

  2. I have wanted to see this ever since I saw the ads when it first came out. Since I don't go to the theater, I need to rent it now and see it. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Hi Mary,

    Came across your comment to Ruth, and am always interested in some one from Ontario. I studied in windsor, 1975-77.

    I did read a review of this movie. This genre is the type I am interested. I shall try to watch it when I get it from the video store.

    Also interested are your white swans. the swans here in New Zealand are black.

    Curious about your books. I am a wannabe write.



  4. hi Mary, this sounds like a movie I'd love to see, thanks for the recommendation. I saw one called The Mermaid Chair and another called The Freedom Writers.

  5. This does sound like one where I would need a box of tissues. Thanks for the review.

  6. Good review, but I am not drawn to sad movies.

  7. Y'know I remember seeing the 'coming soon' previews of this movie, and I don't recall it ever coming to our theaters [we have censorship in this town for some reason that is beyond me]

    Your review makes me want this. I'm going to put it on my list of movies to find at Blockbuster where I buy them previewed...cheaper.

    It sent chills through my arms reading your entry.

  8. Hubby and I have talked about buying this movie but neither of us knew much about it. Now that you've written your review, it sounds like just the movie for us. Thanks for the recommendation.

  9. I need to go run some errands shortly and after reading your review of this movie, I'm going to stop in at Bianco and see if I can rent it. Sounds like the type of movie I enjoy, even knowing that I'll probably be sobbing like a baby through it! lol Hope you're enjoying your day, it's sunny and 7c here at the moment, supposed to go up to 13c:-) xoxo

  10. Mary-one of the girls just got finished reading the book. She loved it! She did cry some-but said the story was one that would always stick with her. I want us all to see the movie soon.

  11. My daughter was showing me this book yesterday. We were talking to Jordan about the Holocaust. He is doing a project for school. They've been spending lots of time on the subject this year.
    I'll be reading it soon.
    Mama Bear

  12. Julia and I have both wanted to see this. We saw it the last time we were at the movie store but they were all check out.
    We have some movies to return so we will have to look for it again when we go.
    Thanks for the review.

  13. I have wanted to see this movie for a long time now. I saw that it was on Pay Per View on our dish today and figure that when Harvey is gone next week I will rent it. That way I can cry in peace.

    God bless.

  14. This sound like a great movie. I hope our Library has it or get it.

    Coffee is on.

  15. Mary, Hello dear! Sounds like a splendid movie. Glad you had a fine Easter. I had a rough last week with back aches so i was kinda out of it by Sunday, but the meal was good! Church went fairly well, sadly our favorite priest was under the weather. take care sweetie, Lori

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