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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Hailed as the film “all parents should ensure their children see” The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has had an impressive box office opening this weekend. Propelled by fantastic critical support and strong audience word of mouth, the public have followed the critics lead - heading to the cinema to see this powerful, affecting and important film.

Beating the box-office opening weekend for prestigious award-winning literary adaptations such as The Kite Runner and The Pianist, the film is set to continue performing successfully.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has been praised by critics and journalists as a film of great significance and a must-see movie for adults and their children to provoke discussions on the historical horrors of the Holocaust.

James Christopher – The Times
“It’s one of the most moving and remarkable film about childhood I’ve ever seen….this is a hugely affecting film. Important, too. It engages with the complexity of the Holocaust in a language that can move children as profoundly as adults.”

Matthew Bond – The Mail on Sunday
“Your Children MUST see this…As a film for children between the ages of eight and 12, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a well-intentioned and very well-made introduction to one of the greatest atrocities in recent history.”

Kevin Maher – The Saturday Times (The Knowledge)
“The genius of this seemingly modest tale from Herman is not that it manages to weld two seemingly disparate genres – a kids coming of age tale and a Holocaust drama. But that, in doing so, it somehow sees the ineffable horror of the latter with entirely new eyes.”

Cosmo Landesman - The Sunday Times (Culture)
“…this is a brave and moving tale of innocence lost…It’s an unusual and brave piece of family entertainment, and one worth seeing.”

Jason Solomons – The Observer
The heartbreaking tale of a Nazi’s son and a Jewish boy pulls no punches. Nor should it be…Mark Herman, director of Brassed Off and Little Voice, handles everything with great skill, sympathy and seriousness.”

Xan Brooks – The Guardian
“It knuckles down, crawls on its belly, and goes the way you least expect it.”

James King – BBC Radio 1
“Subtle, chilling, brilliant”

Mark Kermode – BBC Radio 5 Live
“Thumbs up, bravo and applaud.”

Edward Lawrenson – The Big Issue
“This is a brave, consummately crafted, admirably intentioned movie, with some nuanced performances by David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga as Bruno’s parents…I’d initially thought to warn off younger spectators from this 12A certificate film. But then the movie wouldn’t be doing its job if it didn’t upset us, and as an appalled history lesson the film is an absorbing, responsible work.”

Fiona Phillips – The Daily Mirror
“It will stay with you much longer than the 90mins it takes to watch it.”

Lorraine Kelly – The Sun
“Movie is must-see…Every school pupil in the country should read the book and see the movie to spark discussion of one of the most unspeakable horrors of modern times.”

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is adapted from John Boyne’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is directed by Mark Herman, (“Brassed Off” and “Little Voice”) and produced by David Heyman (“Harry Potter”). Featuring David Thewlis (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Naked”) Vera Farmiga (“The Departed” and “Breaking and Entering”) and Rupert Friend ("The Libertine" and "Pride and Prejudice"), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a story seen through the eyes of an eight year old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II. This unforgettable tale follows an unlikely friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed-wire fence, their friendship grows and their lives become inescapably intertwined.

The film opened in the UK on September 12th and is released in the US on November 7th. Images and production notes are available here!

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