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Lore (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

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
as British Train Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Lore

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (28)

Lore, from Australian director Cate Shortland, proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The young principals here, Malina and especially Rosendahl, are superb at conveying that premature hardening, their elastic minds pummelled by inelastic forces.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a harrowing walk through the heart of darkness.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lore

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.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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!

Debbie Elbin
Debbie Elbin

Super Reviewer

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