Australian director Cate Shortland offers a fascinating perspective on the collapse of the Nazi regime as seen through the eyes of a German teenage girl who must come to terms with the brutal reality of her nation’s atrocities in the powerful coming-of-age drama Lore.
ore will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, September 25th (8pm).
In the dying days of the second World War as the Allies occupy a defeated Germany a high-ranking SS officer and his wife instruct their 14-year old daughter Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) to take herself and her younger siblings to distant Hamburg where their grandmother lives.
When their parents are eventually arrested Lore and her siblings begin a perilous journey across their war-torn country in the hope of reaching safety and are aided along the way by a young Jewish man named Thomas (Kai Malina) who may be their only hope of surviving the dangers now facing them. As they entrust their safety to their mysterious guardian, Lore finds herself wrestling with the horrible truth about the Holocaust and her parents’ collusion in it.
As with her debut feature Somersault, Shortland employs a strong visual style with an emphasis on the natural landscape and frequent close-ups on the characters’ faces. Meanwhile, on the acting front Rosendahl delivers a fine performance as Lore who must not only accept that all the propaganda she was raised to believe in was a lie but also deal with her own burgeoning sexuality as she finds herself drawn to her protector.
By focusing on the children of Nazi war criminals Lore deals with a rarely discussed aspect of the Second World War.
Tickets for Lore are priced at €9 (concession €7, €5 Film Club members). Call 0504-90204 or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie