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Lore (2013)



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 Boxmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robin Mukherjee, Cate Shortland
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2013
Music Box Films - Official Site


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 Bab...
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 Checkpo...
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 Soldie...
Paul Welsh
as British Train Soldie...
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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

Remarkable. Raw, disorienting and it never bothers to tell you what it can instead show.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Cate Shortland infuses a fresh perspective and a haunting moral quandary to the WWII genre, bringing a little seen part of human history to chilling life.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Rosendahl puts the onslaught of horror and absurdity in poignant perspective with her limpid depiction of her character's growing resourcefulness and awareness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Boston Phoenix

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

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

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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