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Lore will cause you to take pause and contemplate both sides of every story, writes SUE MILES.

This beautiful film by Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault), adapted from the Booker short-listed novel, The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert, examines the effect of war on the young.

Set in the spring of 1945, Hitler is dead, her Nazi SS parents have been taken into custody by the Allies, and 15-year-old, Lore (Saskia Rosendahl), short for Hannelore, is responsible for taking her four siblings on a 900km journey to the safety of their grandmother's home in Hamburg.

Lore goes from carefree member of the Hitler Youth, to head of a young family that she must feed and shelter on their hazardous journey. Along the way they encounter many suffering from post-war denial and deprivation, and see for the first time the reality and aftermath of their parents' actions.

On the journey, Lore is helped by Jewish survivor Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina), a man who represents all that she has been taught to despise. As she struggles with her adolescent self, and the young woman within that is beginning to stir, Lore finds herself attracted and repulsed by Thomas.

The film is exquisitely filmed and the portrayal of Lore is as a perfect specimen of a true Aryan. The position of the defeated Germans is one that we often do not consider. As always there are two sides to every story, and many more sides to most.

This film is well worth seeing to experience a fabulous example of cinematography and a rapturous piece of story telling.

Sue Miles is a Mental Health Nurse at the RPA

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Author:Miles, Sue
Publication:The Lamp
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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