The Kids of Nazis Need Love Too in Cate Shortland’s Lore

Lore (2012) Movie Poster

Well this is certainly a subject you don’t see every day at the movies — the kids of a couple of German Nazis flee the occupation of Germany after the end of World War II. They’re rescued by a Jewish kid who has just been liberated from the concentration camps. That’s basically the opposite of every movie about WWII and the Jewish concentration camps you’ve seen before, so if nothing else, Cate Shortland’s “Lore” has that going for it. It helps that the film looks like a real winner, too.

Check out the first trailer for “Lore” below. Don’t go in expecting gunfire and battle scenes. This looks to be a pretty deep exploration of survival, forgiveness, and all that good stuff.

Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.

Starring Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, André Frid, Mika Seidel, and Kai-Peter Malina.

The kids of “Lore” find their way into Stateside theaters February 8, 2013. Limited release would be my guess, but hey, I’ve been wrong before.