Independent distributors Music Box Films have revealed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray Cate Shortland's Lore (2012), starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, and Nele Trebs. The preliminary release date set by the distributors is May 28th.
Selected to represent Australia at the the 85th Academy Awards. Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, 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 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. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.
Lore is a remarkable film I saw not long ago that I'll consider picking up. It's beautifully shot. Even more remarkably, it has a storyline which creates in viewers mixed feelings toward the main character. For instance, while I can't sympathize with her per se, I couldn't completely condemn her either, given the fact of her responsibility to protect her young and utterly innocent siblings. To that end, I could give her some sliver of support.
Just looking at spanky87's comment about not seeing the film at TIFF in 2012, had a good chuckle at that comment. But I feel for ya man. Glad I saw LORE over Antiviral last year.
But now for my thoughts on it, I love films that have some historical reference, Black Book, Downfall are 2 great Nazi inspired type films and LORE would be a 3rd. Basically the main character in the film has been pre-programmed to hate, when her father comes home as what she thinks is a hero, all that changes as she starts realizing just exactly what her father is. It's one of those long walk type films that changes the main character's initial thought process as if she finally has woken up and sees the world through new eyes. At times the film is really hard to watch, but the more I did the more I enjoyed the story of LORE.
For those that are interested in the Q and A from the TIFF premiere at the Wintergarden theater, here's the YouTube clips