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by Jose Solis

7 Feb 2013


There was a thing such as good Germans during WWII and this seems to be the entire premise behind Lore, but then again, not really. It’s easy to see how people will most likely be offended and shocked by the notion that stories taking in place in Germany during the war don’t necessarily have to vilify every single person in the country and as such Lore might be one of the most controversial movies released this year.

The film is Cate Shortland’s sophomore effort after her multi awarded Somersault, which came out almost ten years ago. Like she did in her debut, she proves she has a rare kind of sensitivity that bypasses all notions of cheap sentimentality in search of a bigger truth. Lore (played by Saskia Rosendahl) is the name of the heroine in this story, a teenager who suddenly has to become caretaker to her younger siblings after their wealthy Nazi parents are taken away by the triumphant Allied forces.

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