Posted by: greercn | March 14, 2013

Lore

“Lore” is beautiful, harrowing and almost impossible to watch. You may find you do that kiddie hiding your face in your hands and peeking out between your fingers thing a few times. I did.

In May 1945, a teenage girl leads her siblings on a trek across 400 miles, from the Black Forest to Hamburg in Germany. The film is in German, but the subtitles are good and the story is engrossing.

Directed by Cate Shortland, the scenery is all very pretty, except that there is quite a lot of graphic death, icky sex and pain.

Saskia Rosendahl plays the title character and she is excellent.

If you’re looking for a lift and a feel good movie, stay away. The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse looked very worried and sad, leaving this, but everyone I spoke with thought it was a terrific movie and they never wanted to see it again.

“Lore” is in the same category as “Amour” which includes all grim but extraordinary movies.

It’s valuable as a history lesson, based on a short story by Rachel Seiffert and original.

If you love the Greek notion of catharsis, you may emerge happier than I did.

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