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Lore (2012)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  20 September 2012 (Australia)
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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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Baby Peter (as Nick Leander Holaschke)
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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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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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Gripping tale of the human urge to survive
17 March 2013 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

You'd think that, 68 years after the end of the second World War, every perspective would have been covered by the numerous films that have been made about it. But 'Lore' proves that it's still possible to make a movie about an unknown aspect of the war.

In this case, it's the situation in Germany just after the victory of the allied forces. It's a very interesting perspective, because things get turned around. The Nazis are no longer powerful rulers, but hapless losers, afraid to get caught by the Americans. And the Jews, although still despised by most Germans, are the ones who get things done with the allied troops.

The movie shows a country in an almost apocalyptic state, with dead people and destructed buildings everywhere. Citizens can't trust each other and are willing to do anything for some food or transportation. The powers are constantly shifting; an ally can suddenly turn into an enemy.

It's in this utterly destructed and disheartened country that a family without parents is finding its way, led by Lore, a girl of approximately 16 or 17 years old. Her parents, high-ranking Nazis's, have left her to hide from the Americans, and it's up to her to lead her younger sister and three little brothers (of which one is still a baby) to her grandmother in the north of the country. They have to beg for food and shelter, sometimes paying with the jewels her mother left behind.

Australian director Cate Shortland is very good in capturing the mood of desperation and defeat. She uses faded colours, almost like a Polaroid picture, and shows lots of close-ups. Not only of faces, but also of hands, feet, clothes and shoes. It accentuates the oppressive atmosphere in post-war Germany, and the terrible fate of the children. The story gets a twist when the children meet a young man, who for some reason is willing to help them. The relationship between Lore and the young man is ambiguous, for several reasons.

'Lore' is not easy to watch. There are several disturbing and gruesome scenes in the film. But it's a gripping tale of the human urge to survive in almost inhuman circumstances. And most of all, it reminds us of the utter horrors of war. This war, and any war.

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