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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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Cate Shortland
34 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saskia Rosendahl ... Hannelore Dressler
Nele Trebs ... Liesel
Mike Weidner Mike Weidner ... Junger deutscher Soldat
Ursina Lardi ... Mutti
Hans-Jochen Wagner Hans-Jochen Wagner ... Vati
Nick Holaschke Nick Holaschke ... Baby Peter (as Nick Leander Holaschke)
André Frid André Frid ... Gunter Dressler
Mika Seidel Mika Seidel ... Jürgen Dressler
Sven Pippig Sven Pippig ... Farmer
Philip Wiegratz ... Helmut
Katrin Pollitt Katrin Pollitt ... Farmer's Wife
Hendrik Arnst Hendrik Arnst ... Ox Cart Man
Claudia Geisler-Bading Claudia Geisler-Bading ... Ox Cart Woman (as Claudia Geisler)
Kai-Peter Malina ... Thomas (as Kai Malina)
Ulrike Medgyesy Ulrike Medgyesy ... Junge Frau mit Baby
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Australia | UK

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Лоре See more »

Filming Locations:

Baden-Württemberg, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,498, 8 February 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$968,879, 30 June 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite spending time living in Berlin and directing the movie where the actors performed completely in German, director Cate Shortland doesn't speak the language. See more »

Goofs

The German "das Baby" or "the baby" is used often and is in fact a recent Anglicism, and like much of the script, a word the Germans wouldn't have used in this period. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 13 February 2013 (2013) See more »

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Brüderchen, komm tanz mit mir
Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performed by Saskia Rosendahl
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Intriguing investigation of under-explored era
25 September 2012 | by bruce-moreorlessSee all my reviews

Set in Germany at the end of the Second World War, this film takes up where others like Downfall leave off and asks questions about how the erstwhile beneficiaries of Nazi rule cope with their new world. The film tracks the journey of five innocents as their life of privilege collapses and they are forced to come to terms with the effects of dreadful events over which they had no control but to which they have given their tacit support.

Four of these children are really too young to bear any culpability. Only the oldest, Lore, is really capable of comprehension and it is through her eyes that the film is focused, as she slowly realises just how much her parents are implicated in the horrors of the Nazi regime, and, as an extension of this, herself and the whole German people. Lore is helped to this realisation by Thomas, a Jew who appears to have been liberated from a concentration camp. But Thomas also has a psychological burden and may not be all he appears.

This is another fine film from Cate Shortland, someone who surely should be making more films more often.


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