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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  illness,  military,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:jew,  german,  maid,  jewish,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:tree swing,  military uniform,  ss,  guard tower,  guard dog,  german army,  german soldier,  german shepherd,  reading aloud,  spilled wine,  bare chested boy,  little boy,  horse drawn hearse,  spare tire,  scrubbing floor,  knee wound,  funeral cortege,  washing car,  toy airplane,  nazi concentration camp,  exploring,  crime against humanity,  pogrom,  heil hitler,  eight year old,  war game,  tennis racket,  innocence lost,  gas chamber,  poison gas,  lost child,  chimney,  funeral procession,  emaciation,  crematorium,  wheelbarrow,  leg injury,  oven,  death of grandmother,  knitting,  moving in,  listening to radio,  tutor,  whispering,  naivety,  digging,  deportation,  fence,  nazi germany,  barbed wire,  swastika,  sandwich,  boredom,  handshake,  friendship between boys,  family dinner,  switzerland,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  concentration camp,  swing,  black eye,  shovel,  child's point of view,  anti semitism,  guard,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  dysfunctional marriage,  servant,  watching a movie,  magazine,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  berlin germany,  film within a film,  death of child,  character's point of view camera shot,  reading,  doll,  uniform,  liar,  holocaust,  microphone,  tree,  graveyard,  search,  execution,  drawing,  prisoner,  eating,  band,  wine,  flashlight,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  death of mother,  prayer,  neighbor,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  undressing,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog

Die Falscher (2007)
Crime, Drama, War

Die Falscher (2007)

The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  illness
Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  dancer,  singer,  children,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:concentration camp,  german shepherd,  nazi concentration camp,  emaciation,  ss,  nazi germany,  handshake,  anti semitism,  berlin germany,  liar,  holocaust,  drawing,  flashlight,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  lie,  secret,  undressing,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  shower,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

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The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:german,  jew,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:reading aloud,  secret,  crime against humanity,  crematorium,  oven,  ss,  barbed wire,  family dinner,  concentration camp,  berlin germany,  reading,  uniform,  microphone,  graveyard,  eating,  wine,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  food,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  dancer,  girl,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:german soldier,  reading aloud,  heil hitler,  swastika,  handshake,  anti semitism,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  liar,  holocaust,  newspaper,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Idi I Smotri (1985) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (1985)

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:german,  boy,  dancer,  girl
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  german army,  german soldier,  crime against humanity,  ss,  digging,  execution,  eating,  death of mother,  tears,  food,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. This is why Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military,  illness,  friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  german soldier,  german shepherd,  heil hitler,  ss,  nazi germany,  swastika,  barbed wire,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  anti semitism,  guard,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  berlin germany,  doll,  holocaust,  execution,  wine,  death of mother,  tears,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:starvation,  illness,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:food,  emaciation,  swing,  death of child,  reading,  doll,  tree,  graveyard,  eating,  band,  death of mother,  neighbor,  running,  tears,  undressing,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Saul Fia (2015)
Drama, War

Saul Fia (2015)

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive. (Read More)

Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  boy,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  prisoner,  gas chamber,  crematorium,  wheelbarrow,  oven,  whispering,  digging,  concentration camp,  shovel,  anti semitism,  guard,  execution,  eating,  prayer,  running,  undressing,  food,  beating,  crying,  world war two,  shower,  dancing,  bare chested male

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:little boy,  reading,  microphone,  graveyard,  drawing,  eating,  band,  death of mother,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:reading aloud,  leg injury,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  watching a movie,  graveyard,  eating,  wine,  neighbor,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  food,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Zwartboek (2006)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. This is why Zwartboek (2006) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:jewish,  jew,  girl,  german,  dancer,  singer,  friend,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:ss,  german army,  german soldier,  heil hitler,  swastika,  holocaust,  microphone,  execution,  prisoner,  eating,  train,  flashlight,  death of mother,  prayer,  tears,  book,  secret,  undressing,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  party,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:german,  jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:german army,  german soldier,  german shepherd,  heil hitler,  war game,  ss,  nazi germany,  swastika,  berlin germany,  execution,  eating,  tears,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Locations:kitchen
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer
Story:whispering,  family dinner,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  reading,  doll,  tree,  eating,  band,  flashlight,  death of mother,  prayer,  running,  book,  secret,  food,  beating,  song,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Drama, War

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother Francois travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  friendship
Locations:kitchen,  bicycle
Characters:jewish,  boy,  german,  jew,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:secret,  german soldier,  anti semitism,  servant,  watching a movie,  magazine,  reading,  liar,  search,  drawing,  prisoner,  wine,  flashlight,  prayer,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

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The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:friendship
Characters:german,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:reading aloud,  digging,  handshake,  shovel,  liar,  graveyard,  execution,  prisoner,  band,  prayer,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  shower,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  dog

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. This is why The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:children,  boy
Story:tree swing,  reading aloud,  bare chested boy,  little boy,  whispering,  naivety,  handshake,  swing,  grandmother grandson relationship,  reading,  liar,  tree,  graveyard,  search,  eating,  flashlight,  newspaper,  prayer,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  food,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

La Grande Illusion (1937) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

La Grande Illusion (1937)

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  military,  friendship
Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  girl,  singer
Story:military uniform,  german army,  german soldier,  scrubbing floor,  tennis racket,  wheelbarrow,  digging,  barbed wire,  switzerland,  shovel,  anti semitism,  search,  wine,  newspaper,  prayer,  tears,  book,  food,  song,  train,  telephone call,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  dog

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Schindler's List (1993)
Biography, Drama, History

Schindler's List (1993)

Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament to the good in all of us. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:jewish,  german,  jew,  maid,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:german soldier,  holocaust,  nazi concentration camp,  emaciation,  ss,  swastika,  concentration camp,  anti semitism,  character's point of view camera shot,  uniform,  prisoner,  subjective camera,  crying,  world war two,  shower,  party,  husband wife relationship

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  children,  doctor,  friend
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  watching a movie,  film within a film,  reading,  liar,  execution,  eating,  wine,  flashlight,  newspaper,  prayer,  neighbor,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  food,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  little boy,  sandwich,  reading,  liar,  search,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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Everything Is Illuminated (2005) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Everything Is Illuminated (2005)

Jewish-American writer 'Jonathan Safran Foer' (qv) is a collector of his family's memorabilia, although most of the items, some which he takes without asking, would not be considered keepsakes by the average person. He places most of those items in individual Ziploc bags, and hangs them on his keepsake wall under the photograph of the person to who it is most associated. He has this compulsion in an effort to remember. He is able to tie a photograph that he receives from his grandmother, Sabine Foer, on her deathbed - it of his grandfather, Safran Foer, during the war in the Ukraine, and a young woman he will learn is named Augustine - back to a pendant he stole from his grandfather on his deathbed in 1989, the pendant of a glass encased grasshopper. Learning that Augustine somehow saved his grandfather's life leads to Jonathan going on a quest to find out the story at its source where the photograph was taken, in a now non-existent and probably largely forgotten town called Trachimbrod that was razed by the Nazis during the war, he armed only with his limited knowledge, the pendant, his grandfather's Star of David necklace, the photograph, tip "money", and an old and largely outdated map. Prior to arriving in the Ukraine, Jonathan prearranges the guide services of Odessa-based Heritage Tours, which specializes in helping Jewish expats discover their past. The company is owned and operated by three generations of the Alexander Perchov family, who generally think Jewish people are stupid for wanting to revisit their past, and spend large sums of money for their services in doing so. The three from Heritage assigned to Jonathan's file are: the company founder Alexander I ("Grandpa"), the retired, non-blind blind man who will be the driver; his "seeing eye" dog, 'Sammy Davis Jr. (I)' (qv) Jr., a deranged bitch of a dog; and Alexander III ("Alex"), a western pop cultural loving young man, whose broken English will need to suffice for translation. Jonathan will learn that his guides are a loving but dysfunctional lot who have little interest in helping him beyond taking his money. But during their time together, this quest will affect Jonathan, Grandpa and Alex in different ways, all tied to the value of remembering. This is why Everything Is Illuminated (2005) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:jewish,  jew,  dancer,  boy,  children,  friend
Story:german soldier,  spare tire,  death of grandmother,  anti semitism,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  berlin germany,  holocaust,  graveyard,  search,  execution,  eating,  band,  tears,  book,  food,  crying,  world war two,  train,  dancing,  dog,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen
Characters:dancer,  girl,  children
Story:guard dog,  german shepherd,  fence,  swing,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  undressing,  rain,  beating,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... (Read More)

Themes:illness
Locations:bicycle
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:knitting,  boredom,  handshake,  swing,  servant,  watching a movie,  character's point of view camera shot,  search,  eating,  band,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  death of mother,  tears,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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Giant (1956)
Drama, Western

Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:singer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:innocence lost,  handshake,  servant,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  reading,  microphone,  graveyard,  band,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  prayer,  neighbor,  running,  tears,  book,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor,  friend
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  swing,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  grandfather grandson relationship,  character's point of view camera shot,  eating,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  death of mother,  running,  tears,  book,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

The Kite Runner (2007)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. This is why The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:boy,  dancer,  singer,  friend,  children
Story:servant,  little boy,  friendship between boys,  watching a movie,  reading,  liar,  tree,  graveyard,  search,  execution,  band,  death of mother,  prayer,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

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Gallipoli (1981)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Gallipoli (1981)

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army.

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:dancer,  singer,  friend
Story:military uniform,  german army,  war game,  barbed wire,  reading,  uniform,  band,  running,  tears,  lie,  undressing,  food,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  military,  friendship
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  digging,  sandwich,  shovel,  reading,  uniform,  eating,  book,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  world war two,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:handshake,  reading,  doll,  graveyard,  eating,  flashlight,  neighbor,  food,  song,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships

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Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:doctor,  friend
Story:wheelbarrow,  digging,  family dinner,  swing,  shovel,  reading,  eating,  wine,  death of mother,  prayer,  tears,  secret,  food,  rain,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. This is why Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  dancer,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:reading aloud,  search,  prisoner,  band,  wine,  flashlight,  tears,  book,  secret,  undressing,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:child's point of view,  liar,  microphone,  search,  eating,  band,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:kitchen,  bicycle
Characters:german,  jew,  jewish,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor,  friend
Story:handshake,  switzerland,  microphone,  search,  prisoner,  eating,  band,  wine,  flashlight,  prayer,  running,  tears,  secret,  food,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  world war two,  train,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:german,  dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:wheelbarrow,  handshake,  uniform,  liar,  drawing,  eating,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel

Blindness (2008)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blindness (2008)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  illness
Characters:boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:food,  leg injury,  listening to radio,  barbed wire,  shovel,  guard,  execution,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  tears,  secret,  undressing,  rain,  beating,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog

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An Education (2009)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. This is why An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen,  bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:jew,  jewish,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Story:naivety,  boredom,  handshake,  anti semitism,  reading,  neighbor,  tears,  lie,  book,  secret,  undressing,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:leg injury,  digging,  friendship between boys,  liar,  graveyard,  drawing,  newspaper,  tears,  lie,  secret,  undressing,  beating,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  party,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:friendship
Characters:boy,  singer,  friend
Story:innocence lost,  magazine,  reading,  microphone,  eating,  band,  running,  book,  secret,  undressing,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:kitchen,  cemetery
Characters:german,  dancer,  children,  friend
Story:secret,  berlin germany,  liar,  microphone,  graveyard,  search,  prisoner,  wine,  newspaper,  neighbor,  tears,  lie,  book,  undressing,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  dancing

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:dancer,  girl,  singer,  friend
Story:military uniform,  little boy,  poison gas,  naivety,  microphone,  eating,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  undressing,  food,  song,  crying,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  dog

Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. This is why Zerkalo (1975) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Characters:dancer,  singer,  doctor
Period:1940s
Story:fence,  grandmother grandson relationship,  reading,  newspaper,  running,  tears,  book,  food,  rain,  crying,  world war two,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

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Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Characters:dancer,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:military uniform,  reading aloud,  fence,  family dinner,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  dysfunctional marriage,  reading,  eating,  prayer,  running,  tears,  book,  food,  beating,  song,  crying,  train,  telephone call,  shower,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

The Lost City Of Z (2016)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  military
Characters:german,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:military uniform,  reading aloud,  little boy,  poison gas,  whispering,  barbed wire,  handshake,  drawing,  newspaper,  subjective camera,  lie,  book,  food,  rain,  song,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Story:little boy,  eight year old,  whispering,  child's point of view,  watching a movie,  reading,  microphone,  search,  drawing,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  undressing,  food,  rain,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  singing,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

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High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Characters:german,  maid,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  doctor
Story:watching a movie,  film within a film,  character's point of view camera shot,  eating,  wine,  flashlight,  subjective camera,  lie,  undressing,  food,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. This is why My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). (Read More)

Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:chimney,  wheelbarrow,  digging,  shovel,  reading,  microphone,  drawing,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  book,  food,  song,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:jewish,  jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:digging,  handshake,  shovel,  anti semitism,  microphone,  search,  eating,  band,  secret,  food,  song,  world war two,  shower,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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All Good Things (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:jew,  maid,  jewish,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:shovel,  dysfunctional marriage,  search,  eating,  wine,  newspaper,  neighbor,  running,  tears,  secret,  undressing,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  shower,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

Defiance (2008) is one of the best movies like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Defiance (2008)

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  illness,  military,  friendship
Characters:german,  jewish,  children
Story:german soldier,  food,  ss,  swastika,  family dinner,  anti semitism,  death of child,  holocaust,  execution,  death of mother,  running,  book,  rain,  beating,  world war two,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:german,  maid,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  doctor
Story:little boy,  knitting,  tutor,  family dinner,  servant,  search,  eating,  band,  death of mother,  prayer,  tears,  food,  beating,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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