LoreOriginal Title: Lore
Director: Cate Shortland
Germany, Australia, United Kingdom | German
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Spring 1945. The German army collapses. As Allied forces sweep across the motherland, Lore (the amazing Saskia Rosendahl) and her four younger siblings are stranded after their high-ranking SS officer father and disdainful mother are imprisoned. To survive, the five children embark on an incredible journey across the devastated country, from Bavaria to their grandmother’s
house in Hamburg, 900 kilometres to the north.
On the road, the Nazi-indoctrinated children struggle to survive the punishing postwar conditions.
Food is hard to come by, dead bodies proliferate, and their safety seems threatened at every turn. Forced into the role of parent and keeper of standards, the imperious Lore eventually starts to understand the reality and consequences of her parents’ actions, their support of Hitler and his disastrous war, and their direct knowledge and support of the atrocities of the Holocaust. When the mysterious and resourceful Thomas (Kai Malina), who is carrying papers identifying himself as a Jew, joins their tattered group and takes on the role of leader, Lore starts to understand that human beings should be judged for what they really are not on the bases of class or racial prejudices.
Deploying the sensual visual style and eye for detail that marked her debut feature Somersault, director Cate Shortland makes Lore
a haunting cinematic portrait of the destructive emotional forces of guilt, denial and utter bewilderment as well as the physical destruction of armed conflict that transcends history and becomes a powerful, timeless “j’accuse'
against all wars.
– Alissa Simon