German-occupied France, 1943. German soldiers have stormed a small French rural village believed to be harbouring resistance fighters. Having killed all the adults, a group of soldiers take the children to a clearing in the woods, inside which an SS Commander awaits them. He will put the children through an horrific test to see whether they are fit to become future citizens of the empire of Germania. However, the SS Commander does not reckon on the love of a boy for his younger siblings, and how one act of sacrifice will unravel everything... Written by
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As the film was to be written, directed and produced by an English-speaking production team, the original intention was to shoot the film in English, whilst having the actors accent there dialogue according to the language represented. However, it soon became felt that this approach might come across as comedic, especially when the Commander would have to switch between talking to his men in German and addressing the village children in French, and so, rather late into the production, the casting call for actors was changed to accommodate French and German speakers. See more
They're young, they're not Jewish... They can be reformed.