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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
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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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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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[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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Jugend will marschieren
(Alte Aufnahme)
Folksong
Arranged by Lisa Carlyna Zumpano (ASCAP)
Published by Audiosparx (ASCAP)
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Gripping tale of the human urge to survive
17 March 2013 | by rubenmSee 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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