The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is film based on the novel of the same name by John Boyne. Sets during Nazi holocaust in Germany, this film tells about the friendship between two children each with different backgrounds, the son of SS officer and a Jewish boy. The story centered on Bruno, a 8 year-old boy who had to leave Berlin, his beloved city, because his father had just transferred to a remote village. Bruno wants to stay in Berlin because he does not want to be apart from his friends, but he can not do anything about it.
Their new home is located in rural and remote areas. Concentration camp is the only building that is located quite close to the house. Bruno considers the camp as a farm, but he feels strange because the people in there wearing the same clothes, striped pajamas. Bruno tells his parents about the "plantation" and his desire to play with the kids who were there. His desire immediately rejected by his parents and Bruno had to play with himself in his first two weeks there. He really dislikes his new house. He is bored, he misses his friends, he even begin to miss his old school. His father, Ralf, invites a teacher to teach Bruno and his sister twice a week at home instead of send them to regular school. Bruno hates Herr Liszt, the teacher. One day, fed up by his new life, he started his own adventure, trekking through the woods that goes to the concentration camp. There, he finds a new friend that will change his life as well as his point of view of the world, forever.
This movie is amazing! You will laugh heartily at Bruno's naive point of view. Every words he said is really innocent, simple and honest, but it will make you think "this boy is really smart!". His point of view of the war and holocaust can be heartwrenching, too. He just don't understand, what's the point of all these adult things that take his beautiful childhood away? He just wants to have a friend. That's it. Why adults can not understand him? Asa Butterfield really is a perfect choice to play Bruno. His striking blue eyes is naturally portrayed the innocence and curiosity that will be in any 8 year-old boy's eyes if he ever live in Bruno's life.