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Film Review: Challenging ‘Lore’ Features Captivating Central Performance

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CHICAGO – “Lore,” opening this weekend at the Landmark Century and Landmark Renaissance theaters here in Chicago and now playing in New York and Los Angeles, is a very unique coming-of-age film. It features a star-making performance from its lead, a girl who learns the truth about not just the brutality of life but the dark secrets of her family and country. The film sometimes crosses the line into melodrama when a more subtle approach would have served it better and the end comes too abruptly but enough cannot be said about its leading lady, a truly captivating actress at a very young age who should be an international star. Director Cate Shortland’s “Somersault” introduced the world to the great Abbie Cornish. The introduction here feels just as vital to the form.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

It is 1945 in Germany and World War II has just ended. The setting and time period alone is one not often explored by filmmakers. Hollywood has painted a false portrait of WWII ending and Germany responding almost as if it never happened. Of course, there were wounds to heal and crimes for which to pay. “Lore” captures a country in the midst of picking itself up and moving forward after suffering the most devastating loss a country can suffer — a wartime one.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Lore” in our reviews section.

It centers on a girl named “Lore” (Saskia Rosendahl), the oldest of five children whose parents were SS Nazi royalty. Lore clearly did not know the full extent of her parents’ involvement or even the full details of what happened during the war throughout her country. She seems to be at the age where she believed her parents must have been in the right and supported Hitler, as everyone in the country, especially young people, were taught to do. When the war ends, her parents are clearly distraught. Her father says they’ll come back to the mansion in which they live but the fact that he shoots the dog before they leave is not a good sign. And her mother seems nearly catatonic, staring off into the distance for the Allied soldiers to come and take her away.

Which they do. Lore is left with four siblings, including a breastfeeding baby, in a country devastated by not just war but a battle that they lost. People wander with dead eyes while houses show the signs of intense combat. Lore takes the children that are essentially now hers and treks north to find her grandmother. She meets a refugee along the way named Thomas (Kai Malina, “The White Ribbon”) and her worldview is challenged even further. She has been raised to hate people like Thomas. And now she needs him to survive.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Lore” review.

“Lore” stars Saskia Rosendahl and Kai Malina. It was directed by Cate Shortland and opens at the Landmark Century and Landmark Renaissance on February 15, 2013. It is now playing in NY and LA.

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