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The Tin Drum might be the best film ever made about children; it's certainly the most alarming. Where most cinematic looks backwards are clouded by sentiment and nostalgia, Drum has the courage to acknowledge that what adults perceive as innocence is rarely anything other than a lack of civility, unguided by morality and unrestrained by social conditioning. Many of the things that Oskar (David Bennent) does here are shocking (it's not for nothing that this film was nearly banned in the state of Oklahoma), and we, as adults, recognize that they are wrong. But even more discomforting is the way they reflect the world he was born into, a grotesque parody of the Nazi regime embraced by his parents and his nation. Like all children, he imitates his parents even when he rejects them, but Oscar's voice does more than repeat what he has heard; it provides a piercing look »

- Anders Nelson

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