Adapted from John Boyne’s popular novel by director Mark Herman, the maker of eccentrically small British films like Brassed Off and Little Voice, the tale stars newcomer Asa Butterfield as Bruno, the young, openhearted son of Thewlis’s ruthless officer, with Amber Beattie as his morally pliable teenaged daughter, and Vera Farmiga as his increasingly stricken wife.
Eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) isn't pleased when he and older sister Gretel (Amber Beattie) are forced to leave their friends in Berlin and settle in a remote area where Bruno's commandant father (David Thewlis) has been stationed. The kids and their mother (Vera Farmiga) believe the fence they see outside their window encloses a farm, not a concentration camp. Bruno even ventures out of bounds and meets Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), the boy in striped pajamas behind the fence. They develop a dangerous, covert friendship with devastating results.
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Grandmother: Cherry Morris
Katie: Amber Beattie
Mother: Denise Stephenson
Dad: Paul Anthony Barber
Sam: Daniel Larner
Nun: Caroline Partridge
Man at Bus Stop: Anthony Taylor
A haunting Holocaust tale with a chilling end, writer-director Mark Herman's film is adapted from the young person's novel by John Boyne. Its protagonist is a 9-year-old German boy, Bruno (Asa Butterfield). His father (David Thewlis) is an SS commandant, and the family - including Bruno's mother (Vera Farmiga) and teenage sister (Amber Beattie) - is moving from Berlin to the countryside, where the father is taking up his new assignment: overseeing the operation of a Nazi death camp.
Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Amber Beattie