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Lore (2012)

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As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nele Trebs ...
Mike Weidner ...
Junger deutscher Soldat
Hans-Jochen Wagner ...
Nick Holaschke ...
Baby Peter (as Nick Leander Holaschke)
André Frid ...
Mika Seidel ...
Sven Pippig ...
Katrin Pollitt ...
Farmer's Wife
Hendrik Arnst ...
Ox Cart Man
Claudia Geisler-Bading ...
Ox Cart Woman (as Claudia Geisler)
Kai-Peter Malina ...
Thomas (as Kai Malina)
Ulrike Medgyesy ...
Junge Frau mit Baby


As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.

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When your life is a lie, who can you trust?


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Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Лоре  »

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€4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,498 (USA) (8 February 2013)


$968,879 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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The official entry of Australia to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


The derelict tank the children pass in the forest is a post-WW2 manufactured Russian T-54/55 or T-62 tank. The balk cross painted on the turret is indicative of an early war paint scheme. Later in the war the 'lines' were thicker. See more »


[first lines]
Vati: We can only take what fits in the truck.
Mutti: I'm not talking about the damn truck!
Vati: [Lore walks into the room] Hey, here she is! My girl. Come here.
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Ein Männlein steht im Walde
Composed by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (as August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben)
Performed by Nele Trebs
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A drama set during a little known post-WW II period.
22 October 2012 | by (Fremantle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Lore is an intense drama involving a period of post-WW II German society that is rarely if ever examined and to do it, as this film does, from the viewpoint of German children caught up in these tragic days is worth a visit just out of curiosity. However, this film does not just take a dispassionate look from the viewpoint of historian's or news print, rather because of the wonderful direction of Cate Shortland, this movie moves completely away from ordinary story telling into the far less examined area of psychological change.

Superficially this story is about a family of young children who are forced because of Germany's WW II defeat to make their way from the Black Forrest to their grandmother's home near Hamburg in northern Germany. The story concerns the time before that long journey, the incidents of that journey and finally their arrival at their grandmother's home. Sounds simple and straight forward but the devil, as they say is in the details, or rather the story.

As the story unfolds while the children attempt to reach the grandmother's home, the viewer explores through the eldest, who leads this group, many of the consequences of her past history as a child growing in this family with all the mental baggage implied by this maturation. The drama is carried by this eldest child, Saskia Rosendahl, to whom many of the film's incidents occur.

Moviegoers might be struck by the close-ups used by the director; most of the movie's shots are taken at that range and viewers may not like the method. It contributes to an extremely distinct film, along with the story as well as Rosendahl's superb acting, which must affect the viewer and this after all is why we attend movies to begin.

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