The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Source: Catholic News Service
The 8-year-old son (Asa Butterfield) of a Nazi concentration camp commander (David Thewlis) befriends a captive Jewish boy (Jack Scanlon) and is gradually exposed to the horrors of the Holocaust. Writer-director Mark Herman's luminous screen version of John Boyne's award-winning novel for both children and adults contrasts its protagonist's innocence with the brutal irrationality of the events he uncomprehendingly witnesses. Mature thematic material, including a disturbing but nongraphic mass extermination scene. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II—adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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