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Lore (15)

Lore (15)

Drama, Thriller, War

As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate

The critical consensus

Shortland creates a palpable sense of atmosphere, and coupled with fluid camerawork and a verdant forest backdrop, Lore looks and feels a world apart from other World War II-set dramas.

***(*)(*)Gail Tolley, The List, 18/02/2013

Shortland's measured pacing and hypnotic visuals make this a mesmerising journey through a defeated landscape.

****(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 18/02/2013

A rare take on the Holocaust.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/02/2013

This is an outstanding piece of work.

*****Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 21/02/2013

Australian director Cate Shortland's drama is overflowing with such poetic visual touches, conjuring up a fairytale landscape of long shadows, wafting curtains and waving fronds. And yet, as with all the best fairytales, there is a blackness and brutality at its centre.

****(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 21/02/2013

Lore comes to realise that she has been betrayed by both family and fatherland, lending the film a fresh perspective on a time and country we thought we knew all too well.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/02/2013

Rarely has the coming-of-age of such an unsympathetic character been so carefully observed or so fascinating to see.

****(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent on Sunday, 24/02/2013

It isn't exactly a profound film, but Saskia Rosendahl's performance has considerable depth, and she interacts admirably with her siblings.

Philip French, The Observer, 24/02/2013

Haunting, mildly cryptic.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 03/03/2013

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Sunday February 24, 2013, until Thursday March 14, 2013. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Monday February 25, 2013, until Thursday March 7, 2013. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday March 1, 2013, until Thursday March 7, 2013. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday April 12, 2013, until Thursday April 18, 2013. More info:

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