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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.


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


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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Germany | Australia | UK


German | English

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Лоре See more »

Filming Locations:

Baden-Württemberg, Germany See more »


Box Office


€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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The family photographs in the wallet that Lore looks at are pictures of director Cate Shortland's husband's family. 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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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 13 February 2013 (2013) See more »


Brüderchen, komm tanz mit mir
Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performed by Saskia Rosendahl
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"Psychological, mysterious, cinematographic and accomplished..."
22 January 2013 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

Australian screenwriter and director Cate Shortland's second feature film which she co-wrote with British screenwriter Robin Mukherjee, is an adaptation of one out of three stories in a novel called "The Dark Room" from 2001 by English author Rachel Seiffert. It premiered at the 59th Sydney Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Special Presentations section the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and is a UK-Germany-Australia co-production which was shot on five locations in Germany and produced by producers Benny Drechel, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh and Karsten Stöter. It tells the story about a fourteen-year-old girl named Hannelore Dressler and her four younger siblings who lives in Germany during the mid-1940s with their mother Mutti and their father Vati who are Nazi sympathizers. After hearing an announcement on the radio about the death of Adolf Hitler, Vati and Mutti decides to turn themselves in to the allied forces and Mutti tells her eldest daughter that she has to escape with her siblings and find a way to get to Hamburg.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland who made her directorial debut "Somersault" (2004) eight years ago, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws an incisive and instantly intriguing portrayal of a refugee's long journey with her sister and three brothers through a country stricken by poverty and chaos after the collapse of it's fascist regime and her relationship with a young man named Thomas whom is also on the run. While notable for its naturalistic and poignantly atmospheric milieu depictions, masterful cinematography by cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, sterling production design by production designers Jochen Dehn and Silke Fischer, fine costume design by costume designer Stefanie Bieker and use of colors, this character-driven and narrative-driven voyage depicts an in-depth study of character and contains a great score by German-born British composer Max Richter.

This historic, humane, tangible and non-judgmental coming-of-age drama which was chosen as Australia's official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and where adulthood sneaks up on an adolescent girl and has her confronted with her inherent believes, examines themes like family relations, quilt, war, survival, national crises, sexual awakening and loss of innocence, is set in Germany during the end of the Second World War and impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, esoteric characters, cinematic poetry and visual grace, fine editing by film editor Veronika Jenet and the memorable and prominent acting performances by German actress Saskia Rosendahl in her debut feature film role and German actor Kai Malina. A psychological, mysterious, cinematographic and accomplished narrative feature where a period in time is credibly reinvented and historical events are placed into a context that envisages new perspectives.

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