Friday, 10 May 2013

Film #3: Lore (15)

Released: 2012
Directed by: Cate Shortland

This week I’ll be reviewing a more recent film that will be available to rent in the UK from 13th May 2013. Lore is a loss-of-innocence tale set against the backdrop of Germany’s defeat by the Allies. Left alone with her four younger siblings following the imprisonment of their Nazi parents, Lore must negotiate a war-torn Germany to reach their grandmother in the north. After being helped by a mysterious stranger, Lore is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe.

If you like films with plenty of action, you might find yourself fidgeting in your seat. This is a beautifully shot, thoughtful piece that captures the personal and general devastation wreaked by the Second World War. Shots of the countryside are interspersed with brief, shocking images, and the director seems particularly drawn to long shots of moving legs and feet, the main character’s journey being both geographical and philosophical.

Saskia Rosendahl does a great job in the title role. Lore is completely unprepared for a world in which people are now ready to do whatever it takes to survive, and at the same time has to reconcile her previous world view with her new experiences and her burgeoning sexuality. All of this lends the proceedings a sense of unease, as no character can ever truly be trusted, and the film ends on a note that makes it very clear that things will never be the same again.

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