Cate Shortland's brave and expertly handled second feature, Lore

Opening with the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945, Cate Shortland's brave and expertly handled second feature, Lore, traverses difficult territory with grace and eloquence.

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Here's what the picturehouse write about it;

In only her second feature, director Shortland again tackles a tough subject, this time the way Germans coped with their defeat as World War Two ended.

The story is seen through the struggle of the title character, a 15-year-old on the verge of sexual awakening who is instead obliged to act as a mother to her four younger siblings. The five of them flee the conquering Allies and seek haven beyond Hamburg, aided by Thomas, a Jewish refugee, who stirs the entire family’s anti-Semitic fervour as well as Lore’s confused emotions (echoing the theme of Shortland’s SOMERSAULT).

As their plight grows increasingly desperate and it becomes clear that their beloved Führer is dead, Lore’s moral compass begins to waver, although her resolve does not.

This powerful film is made all the more compelling by its fantastic central performances.


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  • John E.

    A tough watch but totally engrossing and a plot line that raises questions. There's some relief when the final credits roll but I thoroughly recommend this film. Great camera work and imagery.

    February 26, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Great evening seeing "Lore" and really enjoyed the chat in the bar afterwards. Looking forward to my next one. MaryM

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have booked J5 - see you there :)

    February 20, 2013

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