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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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Vera Farmiga as: Mother
Directed by: Mark Herman
Selected Cast: Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O’Brien, Domonkos Németh, Henry Kingsmill & David Thewlis
Written by: John Boyne & Mark Herman
Release Year: 2008
Genre: Drama / History / War
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp.

A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination.

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Trivia & Facts

• Filmed in Hungary (view all.)

• 2 wins & 5 nominations (view all.)

• Vera Farmiga who plays the boy’s mother is shown wearing her wedding band on her right hand. For Germany, this is correct and an excellent accurate detail.

• Bruno’s parents are called Ralf and Elsa, but are only credited as “Father” and “Mother” because that is how Bruno would have known them, and everything in the film is seen from his point of view.