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Newcomer Saskia Rosendahl gives an astonishingly assured performance in the title role, and director Cate Shortland establishes a delicate, disturbingly ominous tone in the powerful World War II drama Lore.



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Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact. (c) Music Box

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Kai Malina
as Thomas
Nele Trebs
as Liesel
Mika Siedel
as Jürgen
André Frid
as Günter
Mike Weidner
as Young German Soldier
Katrin Pollitt
as Farmer's Wife
Hendrik Arnst
as Ox Cart Man
Claudia Geisler
as Ox Cart Woman
Ulrike Medgyesy
as Young Woman with Baby
Katharina Spiering
as School House Woman 1
Franziska Traub
as School House Woman 2
Hanne Wolharn
as School House Woman 3
Fabian Stumm
as U.S. Soldier Truck
Tim Karasch
as U.S. Soldier
Daniel Kohl
as U.S. Soldier
Jochen Doring
as U.S. Soldier Checkpoint
Birte Schnoing
as Young Brunette
Lucas Reiber
as German Soldier 1
Wanda Colombina
as Young Blonde
Pit Bukowski
as German Soldier 2
Glenn Arrowsmith
as British Train Soldier
Paul Welsh (II)
as British Train Soldier
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  • Lore, from Australian director Cate Shortland, proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors.

    Jan 1, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The young principals here, Malina and especially Rosendahl, are superb at conveying that premature hardening, their elastic minds pummelled by inelastic forces.

    May 31, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The sins of the Fatherland send a German teenage girl and her Nazi-connected family on the run in Australian director Cate Shortland's vividly rendered and sensual drama Lore.

    May 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • With a child's perspective on war, "Lore" deserves comparisons with "Empire of the Sun" and "Hope and Glory," and with a feisty female protagonist it stands virtually alone.

    Mar 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Saskia Rosendahl gives an impressively poised performance as the beautiful teenager, whose determination to protect her remaining family coincides with her growing revulsion toward her parents.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • "Lore" is not a pretty story, but it is a good and sadly believable one.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

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