Usually for me, my new year’s resolution is the same each year: 1920 x 1080. Bad geek jokes aside though, this year I made myself a movie resolution in that I would try to watch way more foreign films. With the recent closures of the more arthouse-centric cinemas like the Labia and Cinema Prive, this might have been a pretty stupid time to start, but screw it, I’m going to try anyway.
And one such foreign film that has caught my eye/ear and has been getting tons of positive buzz on the recent festival Circuit is Australian/German production Lore, a powerful WWII human drama.
When her SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are captured by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, the 14-year-old German girl Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl) must lead her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country. When she meets the charismatic and mysterious young refugee Thomas (Kai Malina), Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of hatred and desire as she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive.
Lore was entered as the Australian pick for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the upcoming Academy Awards, which you may find strange for a film set in Germany, starring German actors speaking German. No, don’t worry, Angela Merkel didn’t suddenly sell out to Oz.
The film was actually directed and co-written by Ozzy filmmaker Cate Shortland, with her fellow compatriot Robert Murkherjee also on scripting duties. Shortland came to fame back in 2004 with her internationally acclaimed indie film, Somersault, which introduced the world to a young actor and actress that you may have heard about since then: Sam Worthington and Abbie Cornish.
With the praise for Lore that’s been coming out of the critic circles, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a similar star making vehicle for titular lead actress Saskia Rosendahl. Lore looks to be just as tightly produced as Somersault was, which was a superb. Now to just find a place to watch it.
Lore opened last Friday, 8 February, to a limited international release.