Lore Reviews

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Super Reviewer
May 30, 2013
A fascinating look at the family of a Nazi officer after suffering defeat in 1945, and difficulty they and their countrymen have in grappling with a shattered world view. Beautifully filmed with a haunting performance by Rosendahl as she is forced from her cocoon of Nazi idealism and privilege into a world of privation, death and chaos. Excellently directed, "Lore" is a stunning and thought-provoking experience in a way different from any other World War II films I have seen. Highly recommended.
Super Reviewer
March 22, 2013
A disastrous drama that feels repetitive and pointless, never making clear what Shortland wants to say with this - and her heavy-handed direction makes even more blatant the way she embraces the most obvious of soap-opera clichés and cheap narrative artifices.
Super Reviewer
½ October 21, 2012
Jane Campion visuals, only Jane does it so much better; "Two Women" derivative, although there is little to compare, why did this story have to make it to the screen? It is an affront to show these healthy and robust survivors, besmudged with some grime to show the passing of time, when there was little left for any one. Rubbish!
Super Reviewer
October 6, 2012
'Lore'. Heavy, heavy going alleviated time and time again by the beautifully captured natural imagery. Assured filmmaking by Shortland.
Super Reviewer
August 2, 2013
I am torn as to how to rate this. Beautifully shot, with some really stunning images, and a horrific film at the same time, with some really disgusting images. The story will haunt for a while, I am sure. I need to digest what I have seen. An effective, well-done production, but a story that leaves one somewhat depressed. There were elements that exhibited a pro-Nazi sentiment in the people, but I definitely did not come away thinking that this was any sort of attempt to whitewash the effects of the atrocities that were committed. What I saw was a child coming to grips with the idea that her parents and the people they associated with may have behaved monstrously. A child entrusted with the safety and welfare of her younger siblings in a time when there was little sympathy to spare for anyone in her situation. A child beginning to realize the power of her femininity, but not yet capable of utilizing that power. And finally, a child who received little emotional healing from her grandmother when the ordeal was finally over. My initial thinking is four stars, because of the powerful portrayal by this young, first time actress, Saskia Rosendahl.
Super Reviewer
March 3, 2013
Let's start at the end for this one, shall we? In this case, it is the end of the Third Reich which sends a Nazi officer(Hans-Jochen Wagner) and his wife(Ursina Lardi) packing. While he goes off for one last offensive, she takes her five children to a cabin in the country to hide. That does not last long as the Americans are soon to crash the party. So, she gives her oldest daughter, Lore(Saskia Rosendahl), detailed instructions and directions, along with every precious piece of jewelry she has including her wedding ring, that she is to go to a relative's house near Hamburg if she does not return in three days' time. Lore does not wait that long as her younger brother Gunther(Andre Frid) is caught stealing.

Directed by Cate Shortland, "Lore" is a harrowing, provocative and haunting tale of survival. The fact that it involves someone as hateful as Lore should not take away from appreciating the movie's visual poetry. Before the fall was the fairy tale for the children and after it is the reality, as they encounter people who either dislike them or in a state of denial themselves, as she desperately tries to keep her family together. Even though she is at an age when she should know the difference, all Lore has known is what her mother has told her who has followed the Nazi ideology herself, especially the part involving having large families, as she is still having children into middle age.(In retrospect, Lore should know there is nothing to be feared from the Americans but that's not what she has been told.) That's where the title's double meaning comes in, as lore could also be defined as knowledge. So, yes, the movie hits what could be considered a false note in its open ending, but it could also be a sign of hope for the future.
Super Reviewer
½ February 28, 2013
With the allied forces approaching, Lore (Rosendahl), her younger sister, and her three young brothers, are abandoned by their Nazi party parents and forced to make the lengthy journey from southern Germany to Hamburg where their grandmother awaits their arrival. With just a few of her mother's trinkets to barter for food, Lore reluctantly accepts the help of Thomas (Malina), a young Jewish man recently released from the Buchenwald camp. As her journey progresses, Lore is exposed to the truth and consequences of her parents' beliefs.
For much of the running time of Shortland's film I was frustrated by a central plot contrivance which I felt simply didn't ring true. Towards the end, however, we get a plot twist which makes us re-evaluate that frustration but it can't erase the niggling irritation experienced prior to that point. I won't reveal the twist here but I feel most viewers would enjoy 'Lore' more if they were aware of this revelation prior to viewing. Retrospectively I can say it's an impressive piece of work though I must confess to frowning during many scenes, due to being unaware of the full facts. The central performance from Rosendahl is fantastic. She's given little dialogue but brilliantly conveys, through her physical performance, the disappointment of learning everything her parents told her was a cruel lie .

Shortland's direction is equally impressive although I would have preferred the plot twist to be revealed visually rather than through a cheap piece of expository dialogue. We're seeing a lot of films helmed by female directors now and they're rarely dull. In fact, so impressed by this new generation am I that, when I see a film has a female director attached, I automatically become more interested. Are women better film-makers than their male counterparts? No, of course not. My theory is that it's much harder for a woman to get a film made and thus the cream rises to the top. I can't think of one female director I could describe as a hack. Shortland is also Australian, a race of people who seem to have a natural gift for film-making. The real standout of 'Lore' though is composer Max Richter who is quickly becoming the best of his generation. The score here ranks with his great work on 2011's 'Perfect Sense'. You may not be tempted to watch 'Lore' a second time but, if you're a music lover, you'll definitely want to hear Richter's score again.
Super Reviewer
½ July 9, 2013
The first half is a little repetitive (how many times do we need to see these children find dead bodies and be traumatized?), but once it gets rolling in the second half and the central character begins to question her deeply held fascist beliefs, the film becomes something infinitely more sad than the shock value that preceded it.
January 30, 2014
Austria. Interesting perspective. End WW2, Nazis now being captured. Daughter of arrested SS officer parents must take siblings to a safe place - north to Grandma's. Lore's Nazi socialization makes her journey a dangerous one. On the way she sees the consequences.
½ September 14, 2013
Interesting setting--the German countryside right after WWII--but this was way too slow-moving and sometimes contrived as well.
August 10, 2013
"Lore" is a German movie about the loss of innocence thru learning hardships firsthand during the aftermath of WW2 Germany. Balanced story overall, with little suspenses here and there.
August 4, 2013
Director/writer Cate Shortland has created something truly remarkable, forcing us to find within ourselves sympathy for a young Nazi. The story is grim and dense, but features one hell of a lead performance. Shortland combines wonderful visuals with a brutal story of survival, involving family and patriotism, and a running commentary on the state of Germany after the fall of the Third Reich.

As the German army collapses in the spring of 1945, the breakdown of a family serves as a microcosm of a country in despair in the closing days of World War II. Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) and her four younger siblings are abandoned as their Nazi-supporting parents are forced to flee the Allied forces. As they travel on foot to their grandmother's house in Hamburg, the children encounter a young Jewish refuge, Thomas, on whom they are forced to rely for both food and safe passage through Ally-occupied lands. As she is exposed to the lies of their parents, and begins to develop feelings for one whom she has been taught to hate, Lore is forced to come to terms with a belief system that is quickly unraveling.

It's the children that have to do all the heavy lifting in the film dramatically, and they carry their weight, and then some. The film is anchored by a remarkable lead performance from Rosendahl, who comes across as a seasoned veteran, despite this being her debut performance. Her character goes from obnoxious adolescent to young adult, via a series of confronting moments where her morals and beliefs are challenged. Her vibrant youthful spirit is replaced with a burning rage with a war torn Europe as the backdrop.

A new perspective on an event often forces an audience to confront disturbing realities they may wish to avoid. Although "Lore" relates a story from the second world war, it reveals the point of view of those we do not often consider: children of a high-ranking Nazi official. This story may not be pleasant, but it is certainly fascinating.
June 2, 2013
You almost don't need dialogue for "Lore" to work. Its power is in its images -- technicolor as saturated with cigarette burns. (I'm retiring using the phrase "Malickian".) Like "The Place Beyond the Pines" it's a movie about legacy, the inescapable and the individual. I don't know if the ending is too much of a shrug or just another brushstroke of desert-dry black humor, but "Lore" is harrowing nonetheless. It'll get to you.
½ June 10, 2013
A German-language Australian film (it was Australia's Oscar entry at the 2012 Academy Awards), director Cate Shortland tackles the aftermath of the end of WWII in Nazi Germany as her story focuses on teenaged Lore (a quite good Saskia Rosendahl in her feature debut) who must look after her siblings during the fallout of a ruined Germany once her parents are removed from the picture. Her father was a devout Nazi soldier and her mother was just as devout to the cause which makes Lore and her brothers and sisters members of Hitler's Youth. The invasion of Germany by the allied forces (Russia, Britain and the US) leaves those loyal to the Reich in danger, and Lore is just young-enough to not fully understand what their life had been dedicated to. Her eyes are opened to the horrors of what the war actually was while on the "road" walking cross country to her grandmother's (while hand-in-hand with her four younger wards). Taking on some fairy tale themes (childhood innocence in a big bad world), the children find a level of security when they come across an adult male, Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina), who is also on the road looking for a new start. The problem is that Thomas is a Jew ... and Lore has been raised to see them as a despicable race. She must come to terms with herself and humanity while trying to stay alive in a newly dangerous environment (to them). It is WWII drama meets Hansel & Gretel and Peter and the Wolf. It is a brainy watch and it isn't easy viewing but I believe many discussions could be had after watching it. Who was he ...? Why did she ...? Why did they ...? Some might mistakenly believe this film wants to sympathize with the wrong side; but they couldn't be more wrong. It is a story of childhood innocence ... and we can only hope children become fully aware in time to make wise decisions in life.
April 29, 2013
So depressing, so unrelentingly bleak, and with such unlikable characters for the most part that it gets exhausting after a while. It sticks to its convictions and it has some harrowing poetry with its shots, but the results just leave you so drained - and not with the sort of catharsis that comes with The Road or Grave with the Fireflies (which this feels like a hybrid of in immediate post WW2 Germany). Or to put it another way, it makes Germany Year Zero look like a Disney cartoon.
March 3, 2013
Wants to be an inside-out "Painted Bird" but can't touch Kosinski's realist-fabulist mix. Saskia Rosendahl is pretty terrific, though.
February 11, 2013
Very good movie... one thing that caught my eye was the solitude of it depicts in a Germany just right after Hitler's death, solitude and pristine state of the land and houses, which only makes me consider this film no more than an allegory of the German state of mind rather than a story of actual "tangible" events. It's well known and documented that Germany was populated with soldiers from all over and there wasn't a day without coming across so few as in this film.
August 20, 2015
Lore released in 2012 directed by Cate Shortland was an amazing film with very few negative points. Lore is a film about her leading her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. In the days of Adolf Hitler when all came crumbling down and finally to an end. Lore in this film was the daughter of a Nazi militant, who he in the end was running to hide. Lore and her brothers an sisters didn't realize what her family was, they only knew what they we brought up to think. Lore ends up having to take her brothers and sisters far from the area being if they were found they would be put to death.

This movie is outstanding! Caught it last night on Netflix based on the ratings of Lore on Rotten Tomatoes website. Netflix rating had a low score of which usually when we see a low star count we dont bother watching. Now Rotten Tomatoes had a score of 96% Tomatoes which states the movie is awesome based on real peoples opinions, so we watched it. To our surprise this film was remarkably put together, the acting was top notch, and the affect omg; so realistic. Lore is a sad film being that the eyes & the mind have to endure the thought of what mankind in that era had done, and become. It is a slow film working off of every detail, keeping you on your toes to watch; it is impossible to stop viewing it. It's a frightening film, knowing that things on both sides of the spectrum can be so easily misplaced within morality.

The only thing that was bad or upsetting about the film, is the way it ended. You'd have to see it to decide for yourself, But think it's brilliant work! Check out the trailer below.
May 17, 2015
Heavy. Raw. Disorienting new perspective on post WWII. This is the story of a teenage girl and her Nazi-connected brothers and sisters on the run.
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