Cate Shortland’s Lore
fancies itself an atypical World War II movie. Insofar as it’s told from the perspective of a 14-year-old German daughter of SS parents, it lives up to that distinction. Fleeing but not necessarily repentant, Lore (Saskia Rosendahl, excellent in her debut) and her four younger siblings trek through the Black Forest and struggle to reconcile who they know themselves to be with the way the postwar tide is turning. A constant stream of saturated colors and soft focus make Lore
a gorgeous visual experience, but the story line isn’t always as powerful as the premise suggests it could be. Though Shortland has yet to realize her considerable potential fully, she and her second film are both worth watching.
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