Charming film set in 30/40s Bavaria with stunning performances from the two kids and a strangely touching one from Geoffrey Rush as an accordion-playing foster dad. Nice photography and moody scenes filmed in Gorlitz. No wonder it didn't win any prizes in Hollywood as it showed Germans as human beings being bombed by the brave Americans instead of the usual Israelite-murdering madmen. The score is by John... (cont.)
One of the more impressive young 13-year-olds, Sophie Nelisse, captivates me from beginning to end playing a young girl trying to survive WW2. Top this with gorgeous cinematography, a solid John Williams music score and an emotional narration this is a gripping little film that shows WW2 horrors from a German perspective in a time when no one really knew what happened around them.
From the country that brought you the amazing Wings of Desire comes this not so amazing Oscar bait. On a serious note though, if it hadn't been for the narrator/character of death incarnate and every line about how he takes other peoples lives away as if it is simply some kind of day job for him this might have been a decent film. That being said it did have that death narrator/character so it is not a decent film.
Phenomenally acted by Rush & Watson and scored by John Williams, this 1st-person account of life during Nazi Germany is only weak in it's story. As a feel good drama it doesn't dig too deep into potential areas. While it could've used some editing down, this is a solid drama. On one side it was something I didn't expect to enjoy at all and on the other it left me a little disappointed at what it could've done.